Vera&John drives JPJ to growth in Q1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Online bingo and casino operator JPJ Group has cited the performance of its Vera&John business as the main driver behind a 13% year-on-year increase in revenue during the first quarter. Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Online bingo and casino operator JPJ Group has cited the performance of its Vera&John business as the main driver behind a 13% year-on-year increase in revenue during the first quarter.London-listed JPJ reported gaming revenue of £83.3m (€95.6m/$107.6m) in the three months to March 31, 2019, up from £74.0m in the same period last year.The operator’s Jackpotjoy business remains the main source of income, despite revenue from this segment falling 7% year-on-year from £52.8m in Q1 of 2018 to £49.1m in the most recent quarter.In contrast, the Vera&John business generated revenue of £34.2m, up by 62% on £21.2m in Q1 of last year.JPJ also noted an increase in costs and expenses for the quarter, with this total up from £63.4m to £69.1m, with higher spending across several areas of the group.Distribution costs in Q1 climbed from £38.2m to £41.3m, due in part to higher licencing fees of £11.0m and selling and marketing expenses of £14.9m. There was also an increase in administrative costs from £24.8m to £26.6m, mainly due to higher compensation and benefits expenses of £9.1m.Transaction-related costs such as legal, professional, due diligence and other costs associated with transactions, acquisitions or disposals by the group hit £1.1m, with JPJ having not spent anything in the comparative period.However, despite these higher costs, the increased revenue was enough to allow JPJ to post a net income of £7.9m for the first quarter, compared to a net loss of £8.0m last year.Adjusted net income was also up 18% from £19.1m to £22.6m, while adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation climbed 16% from £24.9m to £29.0m.Executive chairman, Neil Goulden, said he is pleased that the group was able to deliver a good quarter of growth, praising the performance of Vera&John in particular.“I’m pleased to report that the group has delivered another good quarter of growth,” he said. “Group revenues were up 13%, driven by a strong performance in Vera&John, while adjusted EBITDA increased by 16%.”Goulden also highlighted the sale of its Mandalay business to 888 Holdings in March for £18.0m, saying this will allow the group to focus on driving progress across its core market-leading brands in the UK.“We remain convinced of the growth opportunities in global online gaming markets and are confident that we are well-placed to take advantage of this positive backdrop and deliver value to shareholders,” he said.Analysts at Regulus were complimentary of the decision to sell Mandalay to 888 and also praised JPJ for “mitigating domestically regulated market issues with grey market growth”.However, Regulus also said while diversification is no doubt a positive for JPJ, the challenge is whether it can return to “strong and sustainable growth in domestically regulated markets – especially given that all three to which JPJ is currently exposed to are at the most liberal end of the regulatory spectrum” . Bingo Topics: Casino & games Finance Bingo 15th May 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address
Kenya Airways Limited (KA.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Kenya Airways Limited (KA.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Airways Limited (KA.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Airways Limited (KA.tz) 2016 abridged results.Company ProfileKenya Airways Limited is the flag carrier airline of Kenya. It was wholly-owned by the government of Kenya until 1995 when the airline was privatised. Kenya Airways is now a public-private partnership with the largest shareholder being the government of Kenya (48.9%) and the balance owned by KQ Lenders Company 2017 Ltd (38.1%), KLM (7.8%) and private owners (5.2%). Kenya Airways offers domestic and international flights, ground handling services and handles import and export of cargo. Subsidiary companies of Kenya Airways include JamboJet Limited which provides local passenger air transport services, and African Cargo Handling Limited which provides cargo handling services. Kenya Airways Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange.
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSBusinessEmploymentHome Health AidesJobsKairosPaid TrainingThe Hustle Previous articleEnd-of-Life Planning Could Bring Peace to Florida Seniors Amidst the Coronavirus PandemicNext articleApopka gardeners can celebrate Plant of the Month: Tomatillos and Husk Tomatoes Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From The HustleHey. Call your grandma lately? You didn’t, did you?Now that you’re feeling guilty, here’s a little grandma-adjacent news: the Venture Capitalist (VC) company, Kairos, is paying 10k people who became unemployed during the pandemic to complete home health aide training.These workers are more important than everEven before the pandemic, home health care was a booming industry. Here’s why:Americans turning 65 have a ~70% chance of needing some kind of senior care.Home health care reduces hospitalization rates, saving Medicare $378m+/year (not to mention patient preference)Since the pandemic, ~35% of Medicare enrollees have put off healthcare needs because they’re afraid of contracting COVID-19.A trained caregiver can take vital signs, give medication reminders, and make sure the client is eating well and bathing.And there’s plenty of room for moreCurrently, there are 500k unfilled positions in the healthcare industry.Home health aides earn ~$23k/year in base pay — comparable to what newly unemployed hotel, restaurant, and retail workers were making. And this training can be a stepping stone to higher-salaried careers, like licensed practical nurse ($47k/year) or registered nurse ($75k/year).To help with the career transitions, Kairos has partnered with the caregiver training startup, CareAcademy. Kairos foots the bill for participants to complete CareAcademy’s training. Afterward, participants can find work through CareAcademy’s placement partners.Now call your grandma, damnit. The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Focus on Business and Employment Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment!
Design Team:Virginia Kerridge, Alana Peddie, Thomas Wing-Evans, Alejandro Galdo CoraArt:Rammey RamseyHydraulic Consultant:Mi EngineersGeotechnical Engineers:Southern Geotechnics ConsultingCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Martin MischkulnigRecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorText description provided by the architects. This is a very special house, not least because of its remarkable location, but also because of its high ethics in terms of sustainability and the extension of these principles into the treatment of not only the landscape but the animals that inhabit that landscape. It is set amongst subtropical rainforest, rugged escarpments and low-density rural properties in New South Wales. The landscape is ruggedly beautiful and the escarpments that run either side of the property have a strong presence and sense of containment.Save this picture!© Martin MischkulnigThe existing house had been the old dairy. The brief was to keep the original parts of the old house and design an addition that created a living area and additional accommodation set amongst the surrounding escarpments.Save this picture!© Martin MischkulnigSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Martin MischkulnigThe addition sits like a praying mantis in the landscape reaching forth to the view of the surrounding mountains. The form suggests that it wants to engage and have a conversation with the rock formations. The new form reads as a sentinel in the valley. The living room sits within this giant roof form that acknowledges the escarpments but also focuses on a particular tree loved by the clients, named the “Joshua Tree”. Once you are in this living space there is a sense of safety and containment, but also wonder at the beauty of the surrounding environment. The connection of the addition with the existing house is sensitive and allows both forms to be acknowledged as separate yet together.Save this picture!© Martin MischkulnigThe clients are strong environmentalists, so an important part of the brief was that the new house was environmentally sensitive using predominantly recycled materials, and to be “off the grid”. The house and its surroundings also act as a sanctuary for rescued animals. Animals include pigs, donkeys, horses, dogs and ducks all who seem immensely happy. The house has the feeling of a sanctuary that you never want to leave. Kindness and consideration has governed every decision made, and this is the feeling that the place engenders.Save this picture!© Martin MischkulnigThe house sits in a BAL 12.5 bushfire zone, but there was a very real threat in the fires of October 2019. For this reason, additional bushfire measures have been taken and this includes a system of copper water pipes that run all over the roof which will activate water spray in times of intense bushfire threat. There is also a 20,000 litre dedicated fire water tank. Two 50,000 litre water tanks which are spring fed sit near the front gate to the property. Solar panels which provide all power necessary are located on the roof of the adjacent shed.Save this picture!SectionsThe landscape design is by Jane Irwin and continues the idea of a sanctuary framed by the escarpments. Jane has provided an overall framework for the development of the landscape which has evolved beautifully. The north facing deck of the house overlooks a pre-existing dam which has become the focal point of this area.Save this picture!© Martin MischkulnigProject gallerySee allShow lessAmbara House / Wright InspiresSelected ProjectsMagnolias 95 Offices / De la Hoz EstudioSelected Projects Share Projects Houses Virginia Kerridge Photographs: Martin Mischkulnig Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture Save this picture!© Martin Mischkulnig+ 22Curated by Hana Abdel Share Photographs Landscape Consultant: 2020 Architects: Virginia Kerridge Architect Area Area of this architecture project Area: 320 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Australia J2 Build ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/961981/escarpment-house-virginia-kerridge-architect Clipboard Manufacturers: Brodware, Cheminees Philippe, Fisher & Paykel, Archier, Baths of Antiquity, Euroluce, Giffin Design, LPA Lighting Structural Engineer: Lead Architect: Australia ArchDaily Year: Qs Plus “COPY” Escarpment House / Virginia Kerridge ArchitectSave this projectSaveEscarpment House / Virginia Kerridge Architect Mi Engineers Quantity Surveyor: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/961981/escarpment-house-virginia-kerridge-architect Clipboard Builder: Escarpment House / Virginia Kerridge Architect “COPY” CopyAbout this officeVirginia Kerridge ArchitectOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesrecycled materialsOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on May 20, 2021Cite: “Escarpment House / Virginia Kerridge Architect” 19 May 2021. 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Howard Lake | 30 July 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Protect your historical records, NCVO urges charities Image: old charity adverts, a Pinterest board by Mark Phillips The UK’s charities hold very valuable records covering many aspects of society and public life, sometimes going back well over a hundred years. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is calling for charities to protect these historical records, as part of a new project to archive charity sector documents.The project, funded by the British Academy, will run for five years. It will be directed by Dr Georgina Brewis (Institute of Education, University of London) with a steering group involving Professor Irene Hardill (Northumbria University) and Nick Ockenden (NCVO), and a Stakeholder Advisory Committee.The project will focus in particular on preserving digitally key voluntary sector records that date back to the creation of the modern welfare state in 1945. It will help protect documents that chart the transformation in the the relationship between charities and the state.Many charities are aware of the value of their history and record and some have taken steps to archive and protect their records. Indeed, some charities make considerable use of their archives in fundraising appeals and other communications.Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of NCVO, commented:“This project is a timely collaboration between academics, voluntary organisations and the library and archive sector. Charities in the UK hold a vast wealth of information relating to public life and we welcome the opportunity to protect and celebrate this important resource.“An archive showing the voluntary sector’s involvement in the welfare state over time will be very significant and useful for charities involved in public service delivery today.”How to get involvedThe project begins this month with a scoping study and awareness-raising programme.NCVO is inviting charities to think about their history and records, including if they know where and how they are stored, and how the project could benefit them. It will help in collecting submissions from charities and promoting awareness of the new digital archive.After that, NCVO will run a programme to assist voluntary organisations to recognise the value of records as strategic assets. 31 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Tagged with: NCVO Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
There have been relatively few confirmed cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 among the Palestinian population compared with the Israelis infected. This is in part owing to an early lockdown by the Palestinian Authority, as well as the population’s general experience in supporting each other through the far greater virulence of Israeli apartheid and occupation.A Palestinian health worker checks a child’s temperature during precautions against COVID-19 in Gaza City.The first cases of COVID-19 appeared in Bethlehem on March 5. Seven people who came in contact with a group of Greek tourists, two of whom later tested positive, were confirmed to be infected. To its credit, the Palestinian Authority swiftly instituted a complete shutdown of Palestinian cities and banned entry of foreign tourists.The same day the first cases were confirmed, the Palestinian Authority declared a state of emergency and closed all schools, churches, mosques and non-essential businesses for one month. Eleven more cases were confirmed two days later.As of March 22, a total of 59 cases were confirmed among the total Palestinian population of 5 million. Terrifyingly, two of those cases appeared in Gaza after two Palestinians returned from Pakistan through the Egyptian border. Hamas authorities have placed them in quarantine in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus in the besieged population of 1.8 million Palestinians who already lack adequate clean water, electricity and sewage treatment due to Israel’s 14-year blockade of Gaza.For 14 years, Gaza has been unable to import sufficient medicine or medical equipment to meet the needs of people there. Much of what has been available is smuggled through Egypt. This, together with Israel’s persistent military assaults that use Gaza as a testing ground for their booming weapons industry, has left Gaza’s medical infrastructure in tatters. Gaza can do little to nothing to stem the tide of the pandemic if it spreads along the tiny strip of coastal land, among the most densely populated in the world.When Israel attacked Gaza in 2014, they bombed and destroyed several hospitals, which could not be rebuilt under the blockade. The hospitals that remained have been gutted by a combination of excessive demand from a population crippled and maimed by Israeli attacks, the inability to import new equipment or even parts to repair existing equipment, chronic shortages of vital medicines and disposable protective gear, and chronic electrical blackouts.The Trump administration’s defunding of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and the U.S. Agency for International Development also cuts off a minimal level of relief provided to the medical sector.Local authorities in Gaza are going to great lengths to keep the virus out. They’ve built dozens of small housing units along the border with Egypt to quarantine arrivals and are in the process of setting up a field hospital in the same area. They’ve also retooled nearby schools to serve as quarantine areas, in addition to temporarily suspending crossings at the border.This is the most Gaza can do to avert a potential catastrophe. If the virus slips through, it is unlikely anyone will be spared in a population of 1.8 million people.It is also unlikely that Israel will do more than provide superficial support to Gaza for public relations purposes. In fact, in the West Bank and Jerusalem, Israel has continued its practice of night raids and mass arrests of Palestinians. There are also reports of four confirmed cases of coronavirus among Palestinian political prisoners, who are particularly vulnerable in overcrowded Israeli prisons.With a population of 8.7 million, Israel’s cases of coronavirus have surged to over 1,200 cases. On March 18, Mossad, the Israeli spy agency, procured 100,000 test kits from abroad. Given Mossad’s mandate — espionage, theft, kidnapping, blackmail, bribery and assassination — it is unlikely that the source was kosher. And, in a twist of irony, those kits lacked key components, which rendered them unusable.Abulhawa is a Palestinian-American activist, whose political work includes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and Al-Awda: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition. A writer whose novels include “Mornings in Jenin,” she is also the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
+ posts Facebook Linkedin Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices printTraffic will be slowing down around Bluebonnet Circle because of a new construction project that is set to begin in January of 2018.The project will replace existing water lines in Bluebonnet Circle and reconstruct the street in concrete, said Jeff Allen, communications specialist for the Fort Worth Department of Transportation and Public Works. The inside lane of the traffic circle will be painted and turned into parking for businesses in the circle and visitors to the park.The inner lane of Bluebonnet Circle is being converted into parking and is expected to slow down traffic in the circle, Watts said. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Allen.)The new inside lane of parking will add 60 to 80 parking spots, said Angie Watts, president of the Bluebonnet Place Neighborhood Association.Allen said the following can be expected as a result of the construction:Large trucks will occasionally transport pipes, supplies and construction equipment to the staging and storage areasAsphalt roads will be removed and replaced with a new concrete surfaceDriveways and sidewalks will be replacedCrews will dig trenches to install the new water lineResidents and businesses will always have access to their propertiesWhile every effort will be made to minimize the impact of the construction, residents and businesses will experience some inconvenience, Allen said. Watts said she hopes the changes to the circle will slow down traffic and make the area more pedestrian-friendly.“We want people to walk to the park safely,” she said. “Obviously you’re crossing the street, but you shouldn’t have to run for your life.”Some business owners voiced their concern about the construction and changes coming to the circle.“Pulling out into traffic and people trying to walk around sounds like a holy nightmare to me,” said Val Arnett, owner of Junker Val’s Antiques, Vintage Junk & Jewelry. “It’ll slow down traffic, but there’ll be wrecks all the time.”Parker Daniel, owner of Fort Worth iPhone Repair, said he is worried construction will hurt his business. “You know what happens with construction: everyone avoids that area like the plague,” Daniel said. “The part of the plan that I’m totally for is slowing the circle and making it to one lane, but not at the expense of shutting down all these businesses.” The changes coming to Bluebonnet Circle make Arnett fear for the future of her business. “I’m going to lose a lot of my traffic because people go this way to go to the grocery store or go home and they’re going to stop going this way,” Arnett said. “Little guys like me never survive.” There has been poor communication between the City of Fort Worth, Bluebonnet Village and the business owners in Bluebonnet Circle, Daniel said. “They keep so many things from us,” Daniel said. “It just sucks because we’d like to get more involved but we’re not given the opportunity. If you’re not one of them, they don’t want to talk to you and they don’t want to hear your opinion.” ReddIt TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Twitter Facebook TCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. Linkedin Previous articlePaschal janitor connects with high school studentsNext articleTCU keeps gender ratio, looks to increase diversity TCU 360 Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pantone: Color of the year 2020 TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ TCU 360 Staff ReddIt
to go further Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News News Reporters Without Borders reiterated its call for the immediate release of journalist Abdallah Zouari, who has been on a hunger strike since the moment of his arrest on 17 August. The organisation also again urged the authorities to stop harassing Zouari, who previously served an 11-year prison sentence. Reporters Without Borders today reiterated its call for the immediate release of journalist Abdallah Zouari, who has been on a hunger strike since the moment of his arrest on 17 August and who is due to appear before the district court in the south-eastern town of Zarzis tomorrow. The organisation also again urged the authorities to stop harassing Zouari, who previously served an 11-year prison sentence.Zouari is staging his hunger strike to protest against his arrest by plain-clothes police in the market of Ben Guerdane (500 km south of Tunis) on a charge of “violating an administrative control measure to which he is subject.” He is being held in Harboub prison in the governorate of Médnine.Although his family lives in Tunis, Zouari was banished to Zarzis when he was released on 6 June 2002 on completing his 11-year sentence, and he is still subject to this banishment order. His lawyers say the order allows him freedom of movement throughout the governorate of Médnine, including the place where he was arrested. On 18 July, the Zarzis district court sentenced Zouari to four months in prison for “defamation” as a result of an argument with a Internet café manager who refused to give him access to the Internet. He has not yet begun serving this sentence because his lawyers appealed against the conviction and the appeal has not yet been heard.Aged 46, Zouari is a journalist with Al-Farj, a publication that supports the Islamist opposition movement Ennahda. August 28, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for release of journalist on hunger strike for past 10 days Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News November 12, 2019 Find out more Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder December 26, 2019 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 11, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Tunisia TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Organisation News
TAGSeuromillionslocal newsLotteryNews Vicky calls for right to die with dignity NewsLocal NewsLimerick EuroMillions winner “on top of the world” after €14 Quick Pick ticket returns €500,000By David Raleigh – August 2, 2020 2674 Previous articleCalls for change in law as dog theft numbers continue to spikeNext articleNordic Aviation gets green light for operating David Raleigh Linkedin Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A Limerick taxi driver who won half a million Euros in Friday night’s EuroMillions Plus draw said he feels “on top of the world”.Eddie Costelloe, from Moyross, welled up as he credited his beloved late mother, Helen, who passed away in 2013, for encouraging him to follow his dream of one day winning the lottery.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In an exclusive interview, Eddie, 43, told the Limerick Post, “On my mother’s deathbed, I said to her, ‘Mam, I’m going to win the lotto one of these days’, and she said, ‘Son, you will’, and I’ve been chasing this for a long time.”Pumping the air with his fist, the ecstatic father of two added: “Seven years it took me, and I got it. I’m after getting half a million.”He described the win as “life-changing” for himself and his wife, Antoinette, along with their two children Cian (5) and Megan (9).“It’s unbelievable; it’s unreal, it hasn’t sunk in yet. This is what I wanted all my life.”“I always knew it, because my mother said it, when she was on her deathbed, and ever since then I have chased it,” he added.Eddie’s mother’s anniversary, (4-7-13), has also twice previously brought him good luck, netting him €15,000 from two previous lotto draws.On Friday, he decided to do a EuroMillions Quick Pick at his local Circle K filling station, in Thomondgate, after a long day at work transporting parcels for delivery firm Nightline, a position he took up after his work as a taxi driver dried up during the coronavirus lockdown.“I’m top of the world, top of the world. We are sorted for life. I’m going to rent out my taxi because I don’t want to be listening to drunk people anymore — I’m finished, I’m done,” he announced.Despite the massive cash boost, Eddie and Antoinette, who is a care worker with CareBright, will continue working to give their two children the best start in life, while also enjoying a few non-essential treats.“It’s not going to (stop) me from working, because it’s not in me to sit around, I’ll always work. I’m a taxi driver and as you know the industry has been hit hard, but I reverted back to delivering parcels for Nightline, and that’s my job now, so going forward, I’m going to keep (delivering) my parcels,” Eddie said.Antoinette maintained the big win was “not retirement money”, “we’ll still be working, I have (up to) six clients that I look after every day,” she added.However, the happy couple, who have been together for 12 years, and married for the past three years, will be traveling in style to work from now on as Eddie plans on purchasing “a new van” and Antoinette “is going to pick her new car, whatever she wants”.“We’ll buy our house, and a nice holiday home in Lanzarote,” he added.It is a double celebration for Eddie and Antoinette with Eddie considering becoming a Season Ticket holder at his beloved Liverpool FC’s Anfield after the club clinched its first English league title in 30 years, and Antoinette is due to celebrate her 41st birthday “next week”.Overjoyed, Eddie said he usually spends €10.50 on the lotto, but, this time around he decided on a €14 ticket, which returned him €500,000.“It was about 10.15pm when I checked the ticket and scanned it on my phone, and a message came up – ‘Congratulations, you have won big, keep your ticket safe’,” Eddie said.“After that, I went down to my brother-in-law Noel O’Connor, and I asked him to check the ticket as I thought I was after winning something like €5,000, but it ended up being €500,000.”“I started screaming.”“There was a baby (asleep) upstairs, so Noel was calming me down and brought me out to the kitchen, and we double-checked, triple-checked, five, six times we checked it – half a million euro.”Antoinette, who was out at the time with Cian and Megan, said: “He phoned me at 9pm saying he was going to bed because he had work early in the morning. And then, he rang back, and he couldn’t breathe, he told me we were after winning money, he couldn’t talk.”“I thought his mother’s three numbers had come up again. It was crazy, it was really mad, we’re gobsmacked,” Antoinette added.“We’ll have to keep him grounded,” she joked.Eddie continued, “she’s the brains behind the machine now”.Family and friends gathered at the Greenhills Hotel to celebrate, and Eddie quipped the €500,000 winning ticket was “in hiding”.Staff at Circle K were also celebrating after Eddie dropped in a generous cash sum as a token of his appreciation for their role in his big win.“All the staff, Elaine and Kelly, are lovely. Antoinette used to work there. I always use the garage, it’s top class.” Advertisement Print Facebook Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Email WhatsApp Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Limerick on Covid watch list Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible