HAVE you taken advantage of 5% off ISC Merchandise yet?Season Ticket holders can use the voucher in their season ticket books to make great savings on the leisurewear worn by the team.From gameday hoodies and tracksuits to polo shirts and fleeces, there is something to please everyone.The voucher can be used to gain five per cent off the entire ISC range both in store and online.Call into the Saints Superstore in Church Square Shopping Centre or log on to www.saintssuperstore.com
MARK Flanagan has put a nightmare 2013 behind him to enjoy his best run of form at the Saints to date.The former Wests forward has appeared in the last three games for the club – all of them victorious – after an injury ravaged season.“There’s a good vibe in the camp at the minute and eight from eight is a great start,” he said. “We haven’t started well over the last couple of years. We got the result we needed at the weekend but we didn’t play well and it has given us a kick up the backside.“The last five minutes of that game – and it wasn’t clear cut to me that it was a drop goal – showed the character in the side. We threw bodies in front of it to make sure we stayed in the game. Then on our drive we had a tap on the 20, went 60 metres in four tackles and Walsh did the rest. It showed the will to win we have in the squad this year.“The win over Leeds showed that too. It was probably the best game I have been involved in. To have those odds against us and to do such a great job was special. The younger players did great but the silverbacks like Paul Wellens rolled back the years.“His leadership qualities cannot be ignored; he is such a great player for what he brings to this team. He is a leader and someone we look up to. His performance against Leeds typified that. It is good to have that culture at Saints and it stems from years back.“We’re happy at the moment but we have a tough period coming up.”Flash snapped his cruciate last season which forced him to undergo a long rehab programme – and miss most of the 2013 season.“Last year was a nightmare for me and it was about this time when I tore the cruciate in my knee,” he continued. “I’m feeling great now and it’s good to be back out there. I had a good pre-season and I need to thank the medical team here – Joey Hayes and Nathan Mill – because they were great with me and put in a lot of hours to get me back.“I’m pleased with my form and in the last three games I’ve played every minute and we’ve won every game! No seriously, I am happy but there is always room for improvement.“One of the reasons we have performed well is because of the competition in the squad. We had a lot of players in pre-season training and competing for spots. People have to play well to stay in the team. I have full confidence in my ability to stay in the team but I know it isn’t going to be easy.”
FOLLOWING the successful 2015 Academy Tour Saints are pleased to announce the signing of second row forward Alex Eckley.A Pilkington Recs junior and Rainford High pupil, he has progressed through the Club’s scholarship programme and will join up with the Under 19s squad for preseason training next week.“Alex has made some fantastic developments in the last eight months,” Academy head coach Derek Traynor said. “His attitude and thirst for learning saw him attack pre-tour training with such determination that he made all the staff sit up and take notice.“This attitude saw him earn selection in the starting 13 for the first tour game, which was an amazing achievement for the youngest player who only turned 16 right at the end of August.Throughout the tour Alex was an impressive character and he is well placed to continue his development at the next intense level of under 19s rugby.“His contract is fully justified and a good reflection of the hard work his coaches on scholarship and at Pilks.”
Squad:Both sides have named their 19-man squad with Danny Richardson coming in for Dominique Peyroux. Read more here. 2017 Meeting:St Helens 14, Huddersfield 14 (SLR8, 7/4/17)Super League Summary:Huddersfield won 10 St Helens won 33 (includes wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs) 1 drawHighs and Lows:Huddersfield highest score: 48-20 (MW, 2016) (Widest margin: 40-4, A, 2013) St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007)Head to Head Season Stats:SaintsHuddersfieldTries6168Goals4953Metres21,55421,265Breaks8381Tackles5,7275,679Penalties130128Career Milestones:Jonny Lomax needs one appearance to reach 150 for his career. He has played 145 games for St Helens since 2009, to go with 4 appearances for England (2016).James Roby needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has touched down 91 times for St Helens since 2004, to go with 7 tries for England (2008-2013 & 2015) and 1 for Great Britain (2006-2007).Try-Scoring Runs:Jake Mamo (1-1-4) and Jermaine McGillvary (1-2-2) and St Helens’ Mark Percival (2-1-1) have all scored tries in their sides’ last three games.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 30 2 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 18 3 Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 17 4 = Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 15 6 Joel Moon (Leeds Rhinos) 13 7 = Jake Mamo (Huddersfield Giants), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 12Goals: 1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 80 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 64 3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 56 4 Mark Percival (St Helens) 44 5 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 43 6 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 42 7 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 41 8 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 37 9 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 36 10 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 35Goals Percentage: 1 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 100.00 (10/10) 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 90.14 (64/71) 3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 87.50 (56/64) 4 Martyn Ridyard (Huddersfield Giants/Leigh Centurions) 85.00 (17/20) 5 Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers) 83.33 (10/12) 6 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 82.35 (14/17) 7 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 80.39 (41/51) 8 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 79.24 (42/53) 9 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 78.72 (37/47) 10 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 76.92 (80/104)Points: 1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 207 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 141 3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 128 4 = Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers), Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 120 6 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 107 7 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 96 8 = Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils), Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 94 10 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 88
They are looking for simple yet essential items such as new backpacks, crayons, binders and paper. According to Area Manager George Boone, these are items which give “foster kids the confidence and motivation they need to be successful in school.” The stores will also accept cash donations.The supplies you give stay in the Cape Fear area when they are distributed with help from Children’s Hope Alliance and Children’s Home Society of North Carolina.Click here to find a drop off donation near you.Related Article: Kosher food available to storm victims WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As schools across the Cape Fear open their doors, many students don’t have the necessities to attend class. North Carolina has more than 11,000 children in foster care and they find it very difficult to get their school supplies.In Wilmington, all 8 Mattress Firm stores are stepping in to help and they need your help too. The Mattress Firm Foster Kids School Supply Drive is going on until Sunday, August 27.- Advertisement –
North Carolina Virtual Academy gives North Carolina children in grades K–11 the chance to learn in the ways that are right for them with:The award-winning curriculum from K12, the leading online K–12 curriculum provider and a CITA-accredited companyA high-quality, tuition-free public educationAn individualized approach to learningInstruction from North Carolina-certified teachersAn active, supportive school communitySocial and extracurricular activitiesSchool representatives are hosting the Back 2 School Meet and Greet Wedneday at BrrrBerry Frozen Yogurt in Wilmington. It’s from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. and everyone is invited to go and learn more.For more information click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Virtual Academy is an online public charter school authorized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. It works in partnership with parents to let them learn and finish school from home.It is for grades kindergarten through 12 and helps build academic success, confidence, and independence, both in school and beyond.- Advertisement –
Related Article: France holds trial over horse meat found in frozen lasagnaThe female appears to be 40-50 years of age. She has brown hair and glasses, wearing a pink shirt, blue jeans and black flip flops.If you can identify this female, contact the Holly Ridge Police department at (910) 329-4076.Police say this appears to be the same woman wanted for the same thing at the Scotchman on Richlands Highway and the Speedway on Burgaw Highway. In each case, the woman allegedly stole cartons of cigarettes.Those crimes happened the same day as the Holly Ridge theft.Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity. 1 of 7 Woman accused of stealing cigarettes from gas stations (Photo: Holly Ridge Police Dept.) HOLLY RIDGE, NC (WWAY) — Police are trying to identify a woman who is wanted for allegedly stealing from gas stations in Holly Ridge, Richlands, and Burgaw.The Holly Ridge Police Department responded to a Speedway located on 400 North U.S. 17 in reference to a theft reported on November 9 around 12:03 a.m.- Advertisement – Police say she walked around the store, picked up a Mt. Dew, went to the counter and asked for two cartons of cigarettes. The woman then asked for a single pack of cigarettes.The clerk left the counter to get the single pack of cigarettes and the female took off with the soda and two cartons of cigarettes.The vehicle, a white Buick Rendezvous, did not have a license plate and left on US 17 southbound.
Investigators accuse Zdybel of traveling from South Carolina to meet with the victim for the purposes of having sexual contact.Zdybel is in the Pender County Jail under $1 million bond.Zdybel is a registered sex offender in the state of South Carolina. According to his entry on the registry, he was convicted last year of indecent exposure.Related Article: Police: Business owner, 3 employees killed in North DakotaThe Pender County Sheriff’s Office stresses the importance to parents to constantly monitor their children’s access to social media sites.The sheriff’s office is also asked for the public’s help. They’d like with information about Zdybel to call Det. Sgt. Steve Clina at (910) 259-1437. Blaine Peter Zydbel (Photo: Pender Co. Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A sex offender from South Carolina is accused of traveling to Pender County for a sexual encounter with a child.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested Blaine Peter Zdybel, 36, of Myrtle Beach, Friday for two counts of felony rape/sex offense, two counts of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and one count of resist, delay, obstruct a Public Officer.- Advertisement –
Home fire on N. Topsail Beach (Beth Earnest Hanwell/Facebook) NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Town officials say a home caught fire early Sunday morning with more than a dozen people inside in North Topsail Beach.At 4:58 a.m., North Topsail Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at a home along New River Inlet Road. Fire crews from Turkey Creek, Holly Ridge, Surf City and Onslow County EMS also helped NTBFD.- Advertisement – Thanks to the efforts of these crews, the fire was under control by 5:30 a.m. according to town officials. The cause of the fire is under investigation.No one was injured- this includes civilians and first responders. The duplex was occupied by approximately 15 people. The occupants are visiting the area and are now staying with other family members who are also vacationing in the area.As of 2:00 PM, crews were still on scene wetting down “hot spots.” There was and continues to be traffic congestion. We ask that the public do their part by avoiding this area if possible.Related Article: Pilot recovering after small plane crash in Onslow CountyTown Manager Bryan Chadwick would like to thank the fire, police and EMS first responders who worked together to prevent further tragedy.
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Advertisement Yoshitomo Imura has been arrested for allegedly printing and possessing guns.Five guns, two of which could fire lethal bullets and a 3D printer were seized from the 27-year-old’s home, near Tokyo.According to ANN News, Mr Imura, allegedly downloaded gun blueprints from a foreign site and then printed the resin guns with his 3D printer. – Advertisement – Mr Imura reportedly said he had not realized printing the guns was illegal.Sources said the investigation was launched in February after officers were made aware of video footage of Mr Imura displaying newly printed weapons.This is the first instance of such an arrest being made in Japan.The world’s first 3D-printed gun was successfully fired in the US in May 2013 by a group called Defense Distributed, who made the blueprints available online.However, the United States Department of State quickly demanded the immediate removal of the blueprints from the group’s website.Printed gun parts were thought to have been found in the UK in October 2013, however the parts turned out to be spare components for a 3D printer.Desktop 3D printers can be bought on the High Street for as little as £500, with more sophisticated models costing tens of thousands.Source: BBC
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RUNNING RETURN (APRIL): PROFIT 44.50 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 45.78 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 Three more Grade 1’s on the Aintree card but with due respect to those in the Melling Chase it isn’t anywhere close to being even an average renewal.Perhaps we have been spoilt in recent seasons with the likes of former winners Sprinter Sacre, Master Minder, Voy Por Ustedes and Moscow Flyer.To repeat a worn out old cliché … something still has to win it.The market isn’t providing many clues.. any one of five runners could still go off favourite.Looks ripe for an each-way on something at juicier odds and the one that catches my eye is Pepite Rose – the only mare in the race and her allowance certainly comes in handy.She won a handicap with ridiculous ease last time out and comes here at the top of her game and I’ll have 2.5 points each way with Star Sports at around 16/1.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)2.5 points EACH WAY on PEPITE ROSE (3.05 Aintree) at around 16/1 with Star Sports
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ent last night, with Belindabelle, to see a production of 1984, at The Playhouse Theatre. Blog, it was simply superb. The best play I’ve seen in London for many years. Yes, yes, as usual; it would definitely help if you’ve read the book (and why wouldn’t you have, I ask?!), but Sam Crane and Hara Yannas (gooorgeous) simply nailed it as ‘Winston’ and ‘Julia’. It was so powerful, at times, that a few luvvies in the audience, even started blubbing!! 1984. Not to be missed. 9/10.(Blog, note to self: speak to Gaul Wood about designing, for all of the Thought Criminals, down in the office, our own Room 101.)In other news:George Orwell himself, would be looking down, and grinning right now, Blog. It was found, this week, that the lefties-that-love-money, that are Facebook, have been carrying out secret studies, by experimenting with their users newsfeeds, in order to see if it makes them feel happy or sad.Hang on, Hang on, Blog! We better not get caught slagging-off the Facebook Mafia! They’re allowed to GROSSLY ABUSE their position, show absolutely NO RESPECT for their users, and to also pay fuck-all tax. Why? Oh, why’s that then, Blog? Well, OF COURSE; they’re middle-class-lefties, with nice little half-beards, that don’t wear ties, and they’ve got such friendly and soft, rounded writing, on their website. Oh no, Blog! Their farts don’t smell – NOT ONE LITTLE BIT!!In fact, I just feel so morally and intellectually inferior to nice-face Facebook, and everything it pretends to stand for, it’s just a blessing they’re in existence to save the world from the remaining bad people (like me). I’m so FUCKING glad you’re here, Facebook. I hope one day I can lead my life, JUST, as you would wish me to.I hope that, if I try REALLY HARD, that one day I can be EXACTLY THE SAME as you. Thank you, Facebook. Thank you, Facebook. Thank you, Facebook…Over and out, B x
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 16 SeptemberRACING2.40 ThirskPyrocumulus 8/1 > 7/24.15 ThirskMutawathea 4/1 > 2/15.35 SedgefieldWakhan 6/1 > 7/2CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOOTBALL2/11 Liverpool 14/1 Ludogorets 11/2 DRAW10/11 Dortmund 3/1 Arsenal 5/2 DRAWWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321
Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS NEWTON ABBOT WEDNESDAY: SIMON NOTT reports from Newton Abbot’s meeting on Wednesday. There was plenty of drama in the ring BEFORE a bet was struck which our roving reporter has chosen to ‘gloss’ over.There was a bit of a disaster in the betting ring at Newton Abbot, prior to any racing or betting taking place. One of the bookmakers appeared to have been doing, or was at least planning to do, some decorating when he wasn’t racing. He’ll need to go back to his favourite paint store for one more tin. That is to replace the one that fell out of his van and emptied onto the tarmac. I won’t name the bookie to spare his blushes, but he was quickly on the case contacting Clerk of the Course Jason Loosemore. Before you could say ‘6/4 painted’ or ‘That’s taken the gloss off the day’ as onlookers did, a team of racecourse employees were on the case. Half an hour later it was gone, lucky it was emulsion and not gloss.2:10 Rewarding Ownership With The ROA Handicap HurdleThe opening race was a big deal for Newton Abbot, it was screened on ITV Racing as part of their York coverage. The racecourse put the handicap hurdle worth £25,800 on first to fit into the schedule. All 13 went to post and racegoers and viewers at home were treated to an excellent finish with four battling it out after the last. 25/1 Tamarillo Grove won by a length for Sophie Leach under Connor Brace and no doubt had off-course bookmakers toasting the race being televised. The on-course layers were quite chuffed two.2:45 Enjoy Exclusive Events With The ROA Handicap ChaseThe second race went to Inaminna for Neil Mulholland under Tom Scudamore, winning at 4/1. The race was marred by favourite Ollie Vaar appearing to go lame two out.3:20 ROA Members Enjoy Free Racing Novices’ Handicap ChaseThe weather caught a few people out, bookies and punters alike. It looked sunny and indeed it was sunny but accompanied by a wind that appeared to emanate from the Baltic. Those that donned shorts and flip-flops were soon regretting it, especially those of the bookmaking fraternity who had to stay put. There were lovely scenes after the next to warm them up when Bryony Frost rode Quinto to victory for her father Jimmy. The win evidently meant the world, though the bookies were happy too. The winner returned 12/1 beating the 7/4 favourite Taaffes Castle in the process.Getting the favourite beaten really pleased the bookies after a punter tried to take on most of the front-line single-handed having monkeys in readies on the jolly, with each layer as he passed them. Let’s hope real cash money being bet (and staying in the bookies hods of course) catches on again. Even the most miserable bookie on the track Richard Watson was smiling, sort of.3:55 Racehorse Owners Association Supports Mental Health Week Novices’ HurdleThe betting for the fourth heat revolved around Nicky Henderson’s even money shot Igor and Philip Hobbs’ 6/4 chance Dolphin Square. The market got it the wrong way around, the latter won under an excellent ride from jockey David Maxwell.Richard ‘Tall Boy’ WatsonI was just saying happy birthday to bookie Dax Oliver, in person on facebook, as is the way these days of course, happy birthday Dax, 40 today, there’s the treble up, when this ‘memory’ popped up. I assume from this very meeting a decade ago. Why do you think I looked so suspect? The paunch or the braces that (I hasten to add) accentuated it?4:25 ROA Owners Jackpot Handicap HurdleThe race before the penultimate was reduced to 14 runners from 16 and featured a very short-priced favourite for the type of race. Fergal O’Brien’s charge Phoebus Lescribaa was sent off at 5/4 but got beaten by Susan Gardner’s 40/1 shot Lapford Lad under Conor Shoemark. That’s a real kick in the goolies for favourite backers but a cracking result for the betting ring who were quietly getting a few quid. Watson cracked and smiled again.4:55 Totnes And Bridgetown Steeplechase Company Open Hunters’ ChaseThe penultimate was another poorly supported Hunter Chase which has been the norm of late. Just three runners took on Paul Nicholls’ Southfield Vic which was sent off 4/7. The gelding justified those odds by winning without too much ado under Natalie Parker. The victory was fabulous for connections, but as a betting heat it was pretty much a non-event.5:30 Benefits For ROA Members At roa.co.uk Intermediate Open NH Flat RaceWord on course was that Jonjo O’Neil’s Cary’s Commodity was the buzzer in the bumper. The market backed that up with a 2/1 into 13/8 move. There also appeared to be money for Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Perfect Percy 8/1 into 5/1. Closer scrutiny asking around bookmakers revealed that very little business had been done. ‘They only run the last race so the punters can beat the traffic’ and ‘Watching that paint being cleaned before racing was more interesting’ the two replies that come to mind. The truth is probably a bit of the ring were reluctant to give back what they’d won so weren’t really ‘having a go’.If that was the case it was probably just as well as The Swagman winning at 7/2 was hardly a great result for the bookies but at least they got the jolly beaten into second. The bookmakers would settle for results like todays on a regular basis. Newton Abbot race again in a couple of weeks.Simon Nott
AddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdruth@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Baker Institute conference to explore evolving roles of women in the Middle East April 24HOUSTON – (April 21, 2014) – Leading international scholars will discuss the evolving roles of Arab women in their countries’ political, economic and private spheres at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 24.This first international conference of the Baker Institute’s Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program is open to the public.Who: Leading international scholars on the Middle East, international affairs and gender.Valentine Moghadam, professor of sociology and director of the International Affairs Program at Northeastern University, will give the keynote address. Marwa Shalaby, director of the Baker Institute’s Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program, will give welcoming remarks.For the complete agenda and list of speakers, see http://bakerinstitute.org/media/files/event/2b71bb10/WHR-event-GenderConf-Program-042414.pdf.What: “International Conference on Gender and Human Rights in the Middle East: The Evolving Roles of Women in the Arab World” event.When: Thursday, April 24, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.The Middle East and North Africa region is undergoing a major transformation not only at the political level but also — and most importantly — on societal and ideological levels, according to event organizers. At this conference, a cross-disciplinary dialogue, guided by leading scholars and policymakers in the field, will investigate topics ranging from citizenship to domestic violence across the region. The conference will provide practical and specific policy prescriptions guided by a balanced, multifaceted perspectives on gender relations in the Middle East, organizers said.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at email@example.com or 713-348-6775.A live webcast will be available at http://bakerinstitute.org/webcasts.For a map of Rice University’s campus, go to www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.
READ MORE:Flight Attendant Adopts Dog That Waited for Her Outside HotelBy Jack Phillips (Facebook)A flight attendant adopted a stray dog who apparently never stopped waiting for her outside her hotel.Olivia Siervers said that she regularly travels from Germany to Argentina for work. While in the South American country, she adopted a dog from the streets of Buenos Aires after he followed her around the city.Siervers told Noticiero Trece that she tried to lose the dog because she was afraid of being attached to it. Siervers spent time feeding and playing with him, but she had to leave to go back to Germany.Related CoverageVideo: Couple Meets Their Adopted Newborn for the First Time“I tried to change my way because I didn’t want that he follow me back to the hotel,” she told the website, according to a translation.“But it was not possible. He always came back and followed me. I tried one hour, but he always watched me and followed me. He was really happy that somebody gave him attention,” she said. US LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share Cancer Patient Calls Airline Employee ‘Guardian Angel’, After She Personally Delivered Her Luggage By NTD Television August 10, 2017 Updated: August 10, 2017 An airline employee who personally delivered lost luggage to a passenger’s home at midnight is being hailed as a “guardian angel” by the cancer patient she helped. Sarah Rowan, 27, a customer service worker from Southwest Airlines was answering calls on the night of July 23 when she got a panicked call from Stacy Hurt, ABC News reported. Hurt, 46, had just flown from Nashville to Pittsburgh on a Southwest flight but changed her reservation to a direct flight to make it home in time for her monthly chemotherapy appointment the next morning. Originally from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, Hurt was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2014 and must remain on maintenance chemotherapy. Her luggage remained on her previously booked connecting flight, which ended up rerouted back to Nashville due to mechanical issues. “I sort of panicked,” Hurt told ABC News. “I said, ‘I need that luggage. It has a lot of items I need for chemotherapy tomorrow.’” Inside Hurt’s luggage were medications for chemotherapy side effects as well as other personal items. Rowan, a Southwest employee for just 6 months heard the panic in Hurt’s voice but also felt the kindness in her. “She was just as sweet as can be,” Rowan told ABC News.”“Things that are out of their control can be frustrating for people, but for someone who is going through so much to be so patient and kind towards us, I appreciated it so much.”Rowan told Hurt that no matter the hour, she would continue to track her luggage and keep her updated. Rowan knew that if Hurt’s luggage arrived after 1.30am it would miss the last courier and not likely reach Hurt until after her 9 a.m. chemotherapy session. When Hurt’s bag eventually arrived at Pittsburgh International Airport at around 2 a.m., she stepped in to help. “I looked up her address to see how far away she lived and she lived about 20 minutes away,” Rowan said. “So in my head, me getting home a little bit later was less important than her getting the bag she needed for her chemotherapy treatment.”The next morning Hurt woke up to a surprise—her luggage was there on the front porch with a note wishing her good luck for her appointment. “I was like, ‘Oh my God. Are you kidding me?,’” said Hurt, “I started to cry when I read the note.”Hurt added that she already appreciated Southwest for accommodating her disabled son. She posted the handwritten note on her Facebook where it reached Rowan’s boss and was later shared this week on Southwest’s official Facebook page.“We are very proud of Sarah’s kind, empathetic actions that represent the best of Southwest hospitality and the legendary customer service that our wonderful employees aim to deliver every day,” the airline said in a statement to ABC News.“She just epitomizes everything good,” Hurt said of Rowan, who she’s since communicated with on social media. “When you have cancer and you have chemo, this is the toughest thing ever.”She went on to say: “For her to pick up on what a difficult situation this is and put my mind at ease and make me feel comfortable and to go through what she went through to get my luggage to me, she is an amazing person.”In a reunion on Aug. 10, Hurt was holding a bouquet of roses and filled with excitement as she walked to the Southwest Airlines counter to deliver a surprise “thank you” to Rowan, WTAE reported. “You are as beautiful as what you did,” Hurt told Rowan as they met for the first time. “You are as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside.”“You’re going to make me cry again,” Rowan replied. Rowan’s handwritten letter gave Hurt some much-needed support in her fight against cancer. “You look amazing,” Rowan said.“Fifty-one chemos—doing what I can,” Hurt responded. As the pair met face to face for the first time, Rowan said Hurt’s manner on the phone pushed her to act. “You touched me when you called me on the phone,” she said. “In that situation, people can—you know, it’s frustrating. You want your stuff. Things go wrong sometimes. You could not have been more kind.”But it turns out Rowan also had another impetus for her actions. She lost her father to cancer, WTAE reported. “I’m just here to tell the story,” Hurt said. “I was the recipient of a tremendous act of unconditional kindness.”From NTD.tv Show Discussion Related CoverageHilarious In-Flight Safety Videos; Watch and Learn Why Airlines are Using ThemHowever, when she returned to Buenos Aires, the dog was there again, waiting for her at the same hotel where she had stayed before. The same scenario played out again and again before she applied to transport him from Argentina to Germany.According to The Dodo, the dog, which she named Rubio, now lives with her and her two other dogs. Share this article A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 passenger jet taxis on the tarmac after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on April 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)