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Scotts Lakers to observe minute’s silence for Kobe

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A minute’s silence will be observed at Sunday’s National League match between the Scotts Lakers and the Portlaoise Panthers in memory of legendary Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who died in tragic circumstances last weekend.

Bryant, 41, and eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday. The 18-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion was considered by many to be one of the greatest basketballers of all time.

Since his death, tributes have poured in for the Philadelphia native with players and supporters worldwide honouring his legacy in a wide variety of ways. In the NBA on Sunday, teams began their games by intentionally taking 24-second shot clock violations (Bryant wore No. 24 in the second part of his career having first worn No. 8) and players from a number of rival teams changed their own numbers from 8 and 24, unofficially retiring the Lakers legend’s number in the process.

The Dallas Mavericks, a club Bryant never played for, announced on Monday that none of their players would ever wear No. 24 again.

In another touching gesture, many supporters around the world have left basketballs outside their front doors in Kobe’s memory.

Basketball Ireland confirmed on Tuesday that a minute’s silence would be observed at all club and schools games up until Sunday evening “in honour of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and all of the people involved in the recent tragedy. Kobe Bryant has been an inspiration to a generation of Irish basketballers.”

Scotts Lakers’ American guard Aaron Jackson posted a picture on Twitter of his Nike Kobe basketball shoes with ‘RIP Bean’ (Bryant’s nickname) written in marker on the heel.

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Jackson’s compatriot and Lakers teammate Xavier Talton also paid tribute to Bryant on Instagram.

"This one hurts... You played a huge impact on me coming up in this game. Embodied everything it meant to have work ethic, character, passion, drive... Rest easy with your daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and the families of the other individuals who passed."

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It’s a big weekend for Killarney’s Lakers who are facing into a tricky double-header against Tolka Rovers and the Portlaoise Panthers. With their closeset rivals, Fr Mathews, only playing once this week, Shane McCarthy’s side will move into second if they can defeat both Tolka away on Saturday and the Panthers at home the day after.

Tip-off in Killarney on Sunday is at 3pm.

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Are you getting enough sleep?

By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed. Incorporating a […]

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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed.

Incorporating a routine helps to bring direction and structure, and as Craig Ballantyne so wonderfully put it in his book ‘The Perfect Day’; “Structure = Freedom”.

In our childhood, we became accustomed to a bedtime routine. In fact, those of us who are parents go to great lengths to create this routine for our own children, knowing the benefits it brings. However, as we moved into adulthood, that same routine was thrown out the window by the demanding world of school and full-time work.

Sleep and health are locked together. When we improve our sleep, we have better energy, mood, and recover easier from exercise. When we sleep better it helps us to make better nutrition choices because sleep regulates our hormones. Yet it’s one of the first things we sacrifice in order to get through our full to-do list. Whatever these or our end goal is, jeopardising our health seems to be counterproductive and also just a little crazy! Why is it that as adults we stray so far away from one of the very foundational rituals that can keep us feeling grounded?

So how much sleep do you need? About six to eight hours is good but the exact number depends on the person. No matter who you are, you’ll feel worn out if you don’t get enough.

Here are some suggestions to help you achieve greater balance and a sound night’s sleep:

Limit caffeine:

It takes a long time for caffeine to get out of your system, so avoid it late in the day. Typically, have your last caffeinated drink 10 hours before your bedtime.

Be active:

Physical activity reduces stress and improves sleep. One exception is not to do a hard workout right before bed as it might be tough to wind down for a while afterwards.

Unwind early:

Turn off screens well before bedtime. Bright screens can mess with your body’s sleep mechanisms, so turn off TV’s, tablets and smartphones earlier in the evening. Take the dog out, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas, and get into bed before the time you want to be asleep.

Brain dump for the next day:

Spend 5-10 minutes each night writing a list of to-do items to ensure you hit the pillow feeling organised and in control.

Set out your clothes the evening before:

This small task can save you a lot of last-minute rushing. Take the extra five minutes now when you have it.

Cool, dark and quiet:

When it comes to sleep, you want it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust the temperature or get a fan going, hang some blackout curtains and try to reduce any noise near your bedroom.

Buy an alarm clock:

This will help you to avoid being distracted by notifications should you wake and check the time in the middle of the night. Set an alarm right now for tonight. When it goes off, start your evening routine so you get into bed on time for a good night’s sleep!

Here at Activate, we promote and encourage balance to ensure we are living a happy and healthy life. Sleep is one very essential and key component of this. We hope these tips help you get some much-needed rest! When you combine great sleep with sound nutrition and solid training, you’ll feel amazing and make more progress toward your goals.

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Kerry Stars “pursuing dream to build own sports centre”

By Sean Moriarty Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser. The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds. However, the project remains […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.

The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds.

However, the project remains on the long finger as the club has been concentrating on the safety of its members throughout the pandemic.

The delay prompted Cllr Donal Grady to ask Kerry County Council if it had any plans to build houses on the site.

Mr Grady asked the question in the context of making sure the land did not go to waste and not in opposition to any plans by Kerry Stars.

“The site referred to was originally identified as a potential site for development as a specific sports facility. That project has not materialised,” a Council official said.

“Kerry Stars had been in contact with Kerry County Council regarding use of the site, and it was expected that further communication would be received from them in the very short-term. As yet, Kerry County Council is awaiting further communication and will liaise directly with the Kerry Stars group before we can give consideration to use of the lands under the ‘Housing for All’ housing plan.”

However, Kerry Stars chairman John Spillane said they still “have every intention of pursuing our dream of have our own sports centre”.

“The location makes perfect sense, it is the sports hub of Killarney and all the clubs there could help and learn from each other.”

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