By Jim HainesSHENANDOAH, Va. (July 11) – After his heat race, it was plain to see Jerald Harris was fast and a definite threat to win Saturday’s Virginia Sprint Series main event at Shenandoah Speedway.Harris stayed on pace all night to score another pavement victory and his first IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car tour win since May 2.Bill Rice and Tony Harris paced the field to green. Rice was out first with Tony Harris in tow but by lap five Jerald Harris was on the charge, making his way to second and was all over Rice.Rice was getting tight, causing him to go high, and Harris turned left and went under him and to the front.That was the race as Harris cruised to the win one of many at Shenandoah Speedway. Tom Humphries, a two-time winner earlier this season at Shenandoah, and Brian Lawson were scored next.Feature results – 1. Jerald Harris; 2. Tom Humphries; 3. Brian Lawson; 4. French Grimes; 5. Tony Harris; 6. Bill Rice; 7. Anthony Linkenhoker; 8. Andrew Wroten; 9. Chris Ware; 10. Ron Moyers.
Ryanair tried to force an elderly Donegal woman to check in her oxygen mask during the return leg of her journey to Ireland.Bridie O’Donnell, 70, was told by Ryanair check-in staff at Stansted Airport in London that she could not bring her life-saving breathing equipment on board a flight to Derry.“The treatment was absolutely ridiculous. There was no compassion,” said the Buncrana woman. Despite presenting a medical letter to Ryanair staff, the grandmother, who suffers from a range of health problems, was told the oxygen constituted a second piece of carry-on baggage.O’Donnell was instructed to check in the medical device, which resembles a small laptop, despite having no issue during her outbound flight.“I had a letter from the hospital saying that I have the condition and need it, but when we got to the gate I was told I couldn’t bring it on,” she said.“I said it was medical equipment and tried to show her the document, but she asked for a letter from Ryanair. “She said I had to check it in — but I was totally out of breath, feeling terrible and there was no way I could have done that with my health.”After some deliberation, which the elderly woman described as “embarrassing”, she managed to squeeze the breathing apparatus into her friend’s carry-on bag.“I handed in the boarding pass and told her how upset I was, but there was no response.“With my high blood pressure and asthma I felt so ill, I was exhausted and nearly in tears.“I think if they had dealt with it better I wouldn’t have been half as angry,” she added. “But I thought the treatment was absolutely ridiculous.”“I said to my friend, never again as long as I live will I fly with them,” she told the Belfast Telegraph.Defending the move, the airline said O’Donnell had failed to inform the airline of her “special requirement.”“Unfortunately this passenger failed to contact Ryanair’s low-call special assistance line ahead of her flight to inform us of her special requirement,” the airline said in a statement. “Therefore, our handling agent asked her to accommodate all items in her one free 10kg carry-on bag, which she did before boarding the aircraft.”RYANAIR FORCE DONEGAL WOMAN TO CHECK IN HER OXYGEN MASK! was last modified: September 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bridie O’Donnellbuncranaryanair