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Cains Trio Added to London’s Country to Country

CainsTrio001The Cains Trio Added to London’s Country to Country (C2C) Lineup

Country sibling group The Cains Trio has been added to the lineup for London’s Country to Country (C2C) music festival. C2C is scheduled for March 7-8, 2015 at London’s The O2, and marks the trio’s debut international performance.

citystreetsThe Cains Trio released their debut album, Stay On Board, in late 2014 through DayStreet Records/GMV Nashville. The trio also released their debut single, “Be Yourself With Me,” in 2014, which garnered the group MusicRow Magazine’s prestigious DisCovery Award.

“We have a gut feeling that performing in London will be a turning point in our career. We’re gaining fans from the UK daily since C2C announced our name on their website, and we are counting down the days until C2C,” commented the group’s Madison Cain.

The emerging group has already achieved success in their home state of Alabama and has garnered a solid fan base by performing shows at music venues across the state. While all three were students at Troy University, the trio entered into a video contest, eventually winning the opportunity to open for Dave Barnes in Birmingham, Ala. They have also opened for Andrew Rippand share co-writes with Ed Hill, Billy Lawson and Roger Murrah.

The group’s current single, “Be Yourself With Me,” a mid-tempo, tenderhearted tune about allowing loved ones to take their guard down and be open and honest with one another, is currently No. 55 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart.

– Posted by Country Girl CMTT

Crashed Taiwan Plane Crash 26 Confirmed Dead

TaiwaneseAirCrashCrashed Taiwan plane hoisted from river; 26 confirmed dead

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers used a crane to hoist the fuselage of a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan’s capital late Wednesday as they searched into the night for 17 people missing in a crash that killed at least 26 others.

Flight 235 with 58 people aboard – most of them travelers from China – banked sharply on its side shortly after takeoff from Taipei, clipped a highway bridge and then careened into the Keelung River.

Rescuers in rubber rafts pulled 15 people alive from the wreckage during daylight. After dark, they brought in the crane, and the death toll was expected to rise once crews were able to search through submerged portions of the fuselage, which came to rest a few dozen meters (yards) from the shore.

Dramatic video clips apparently taken from cars were posted online and aired by broadcasters, showing the ATR 72 propjet as it pivoted onto its side while zooming toward a traffic bridge over the river. In one of them, the plane rapidly fills the frame as its now-vertical wing scrapes over the road, hitting a vehicle before heading into the river.

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Rescue personnel remove an injured passenger (C) from a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane that crash-landed into a river outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei in New Taipei City on February 4, 2015. The low-flying passenger plane, TransAsia Flight GE235 with 58 people on board, clipped a road bridge and plunged into the river outside Taiwan’s capital with at least nine feared dead and many trapped inside. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Speculation cited in local media said the crew may have turned sharply to follow the line of the river to avoid crashing into a high-rise residential area, but Taiwan’s aviation authority said it had no evidence of that.

Taiwanese broadcasters repeatedly played a recording of the plane’s final contact with the control tower in which the crew called out “Mayday” three times. The recording offered no direct clues as to why the plane was in distress.

It was the airline’s second French-Italian-built ATR 72 to crash in the past year. Wednesday’s flight had taken off at 11:53 a.m. from Taipei’s downtown Sungshan Airport en route to the outlying Taiwanese-controlled Kinmen islands. The crew issued the mayday call shortly after takeoff, Taiwanese civil aviation authorities said.

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In this combination photo, a series of images taken from video provided by TVBS show a commercial airplane clipping an elevated roadway just before it careened into a river in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. The ATR-72 prop-jet aircraft had 58 people aboard. (AP Photo/TVBS) TAIWAN OUT; ATV HONG KONG OUT;

TransAsia director Peter Chen said contact with the plane was lost four minutes after takeoff. He said weather conditions were suitable for flying and the cause of the accident was unknown.

“Actually this aircraft in the accident was the newest model. It hadn’t been used for even a year,” he told a news conference.

Thirty-one passengers were from China, Taiwan’s tourism bureau said. Kinmen’s airport is a common link between Taipei and China’s Fujian province.

Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said 26 people were confirmed dead, 15 were rescued with injuries and 17 were still missing. It said two people on the ground were hurt.

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In this combination photo, a series of images taken from video provided by TVBS show a commercial airplane clipping an elevated roadway just before it careened into a river in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. The ATR-72 prop-jet aircraft had 58 people aboard. (AP Photo/TVBS) TAIWAN OUT; ATV HONG KONG OUT;

Wu Jun-hong, a Taipei Fire Department official who was coordinating the rescue, said the missing people were either still in the fuselage or had perhaps been pulled down the river.

“At the moment, things don’t look too optimistic,” Wu told reporters at the scene. “Those in the front of the plane are likely to have lost their lives.”

Rescuers could be seen pulling luggage from an open plane door to clear the fuselage. Ten inflatable dinghies also searched for the missing.

As a drizzle fell around nightfall, military crews took portable bridges to the scene, where rescue workers were building docks for easier access to the wreckage. About 300 rescue personnel and members of the media stood along the banks of the narrow river.

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Rescue personnel carry a passenger from a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane that crash-landed into a river outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei on a stretcher in New Taipei City on February 4, 2015. The passenger plane with 58 people on board was on a domestic flight when it plunged into the river, with at least 10 people rescued and dozens trapped inside, according to television reports. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Part of the freeway above it was littered with debris and was closed after the crash.

Relatives of the victims had not reached the scene by dusk Wednesday but some were expected to arrive Thursday, including some flying from Beijing.

The plane’s wing hit a taxi on the freeway, and the driver and a passenger were injured, Chen said.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said it had sent 165 people and eight boats to the riverside rescue scene, joining fire department rescue crews.

Another ATR 72 operated by the same Taipei-based airline crashed in the outlying Taiwan-controlled islands of Penghu last July 23, killing 48 at the end of a typhoon for reasons that are still under investigation.

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Rescue personnel, military and members of the media line up along the shore as rescue operations continue to free passengers from a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane (not pictured) that crash-landed into a river (at L) outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei in New Taipei City on February 4, 2015. The low-flying passenger plane, TransAsia Flight GE235 with 58 people on board, clipped a road bridge and plunged into the river outside Taiwan’s capital with at least three feared dead and dozens trapped inside. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

ATR, a French-Italian consortium based in Toulouse, France, said it was sending a team to Taiwan to help in the investigation.

The ATR 72-600 that crashed Wednesday is manufacturer’s best plane model, and the pilot had 4,900 hours of flying experience, said Lin Chih-ming of the Civil Aeronautics Administration.

Greg Waldron, Asia managing editor at Flightglobal magazine in Singapore, said the ATR 72-600 is the latest iteration of one of the most popular turboprop planes in the world, particularly favored for regional short-hop flights in Asia.

It has a generally good reputation for safety and reliability and is known among airlines for being cheap and efficient to operate.

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Rescue personnel search for passengers from the wreckage of a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane that crash-landed into the Keelung river outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei in New Taipei City on February 4, 2015. At least 16 people were killed when TransAsia Aiways Flight GE235 with 58 people on board clipped a road bridge and plunged into the river in Taiwan, in the airline’s second crash in just seven months. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

While it’s too early to say what caused the crash, engine trouble or weight shifting were unlikely to be causes, Waldron said. Other possible factors include pilot error, weather or freak incidents such as bird strikes.

“It’s too early now to speculate on whether it was an issue with the aircraft or crew,” Waldron said.

The accessibility of the crash site should allow for a swift investigation, and an initial report should be available within about a month, Waldron said.

Associated Press writers Christopher Bodeen, Ian Mader and Didi Tang in Beijing, and Greg Keller in Paris contributed to this report.

The Most Extravagant Mega Yacht On The Seas

Yacht001The battle to be the most extravagant mega yacht on the seas takes a lot to impress

While helipads, waterslides, and movie theatres are commonplace additions to the yachts of the super wealthy, a stylish Italian vessel is making waves for being the first to feature a floating drive-in garage.

image004J’ade, by Ferretti group company CRN, features a hydraulic-operated hatch which can store an eight-metre speedboat without the use of a tender lift to hoist it out of the water.

Innovative: The 196-foot yacht has a hydraulic-operated hatch which can store an eight-metre speedboat without the use of a tender lift to hoist it out of the water

Floating fortress: While swimming pools and helipads are commonplace on many a mega yacht, J’ade features the world’s first floating garage

Glide in: The internal basin floods and empties 18,000 litres of water in just three minutes, allowing the boat to enter the yacht without the use of a crane

image001The internal basin, which holds 18,000 litres of water, floods and empties in just three minutes, enabling the boat (a 27ft Riva Iseo) to enter the yacht without using a crane.

When the speedboat is not being stored inside, the basin can also be utilised as an indoor ocean pool, accessible from the lower-deck terrace.

Completed last year, the 60-metre yacht was the star attraction at last week’s Monaco Yacht Show, where it was a finalist for the Best Interior award, only to miss out on the prize to the brand-new Perini Navi motor yacht Grace E.

J’ade made its debut at the annual yacht show last year, and also won the World Yacht Trophy at the 2013 International Boat Show.

image003Honey, I’m home: The one-of-a-kind garage enables the owner to access the yacht from their speed boat internally, via the vessel’s plush lower deck

Multi-purpose: When the speedboat is not being stored, the basin can also be used as an internal ocean pool, located just behind this luxury terrace

Beauty: The vessel won the World Yacht Trophy at the 2013 International Boat Show and was nominated for Best Interior at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

The privately-owned yacht was created by Studio Zuccon International Project, and is designed to feel ‘at one with the sea’.

The 196-foot vessel can comfortable accommodate 10 guests in four cabins and the owner suite, and 13 crew members. Aside from the impressive ‘garage’, J’ade also features a gymnasium, hammam room and aquarium.

image028Across the four decks, materials for the interiors are Canaletto walnut and polished rosewood. The hardwood floors are made of wide Afromosia strips and the cabins and owner suite are fitted with white Tai Ping carpets. There are jade green accents throughout the interior.

A life of luxury: Guests on board the J’Ade can also soak up the sun on one of the vessel’s comfy lounging areas, located across all four of the decks

Pool on board: If a swim in the ocean becomes a bit daunting for those on board, guests can take a dip in this on-deck plunge pool

Spa: The mega yacht also features a gymnasium and mosaic-tiled hammam room (pictured), where guests can sit back and unwind after a day at sea

No expense spared: The privately-owned yacht was designed for the owner’s specific tastes, and includes a round bath in the boat’s marble master suite

image030Made for entertaining: Guests on board the vessel, created by Studio Zuccon International Project, can be sure of a place to sit at several indoor and outdoor living areas

The centrepiece of the yacht is the central stairwell with a crystal lift. A white Yamaha piano sits in the living area.

‘CRN is experimenting,’ Luca Boldrini, CRN’s sales director told Boat International.

‘We’re experimenting in design, in sizes, and in features. Each of the yachts in build has special features in development, and we hope the next step will be to mix and match all these new features in one or two new concepts so future owners can not only have a beautiful, seaworthy and safe vessel, but they can have special features that nobody else has.

‘These will not be special features that are just an experiment, but features clients can touch and feel in other vessels under construction or already floating.’

image029‘At one with the sea’: Oversized windows were purpose-built to take advantage of the sea views, and anyone lucky enough to stay in this cabin can also enjoy a balcony terrace, giving them an even better panorama across the ocean

Musical tastes: Got musical guests on board? They can tinkle the ivories on this stunning white Yamaha piano, which takes pride of place in the living area

All at sea: The well-appointed living area combines elegant sofas with driftwood coffee tables and shell-inspired sculptures and bowls to give the room a nautical flavour

Anyone for dinner? The formal dining table comfortably seats 12 guests, while after dinner guests can relax with a digestif on the adjacent seating area

Informal: When the dining table is a bit too formal, breakfast and lunch can be taken on the terrace, with this round table comfortably seating nine people

Guest quarters: The vessel can accommodate 10 guests split across four cabins, plus the owner suite, as well as 13 crew members to cater to those on board

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The battle to be the most extravagant mega yacht on the seas takes a lot to impress

Rhon’s Early Morning Inspiration For Wednesday

RhonsInspirationDaily2014Rhonnie Scheuerman’s Early Morning Inspiration For All Who May Be In Need Of Some

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Take time to meditate on My unfailing Love. For I am your God forever and ever; I will be your Guide even to the end. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you meditate on My loving Presence-to bring your mind back to Me whenever it wanders. Encourage yourself with the words of the patriarch Jacob: Surely the Lord is in this place. Rejoice that I am your God forevermore-today, tomorrow, and throughout all eternity.

I am also your Guide. It is easy to be spooked by the future when you forget that I am leading you each step along your life-path. Ever since you trusted Me as Savior, My guiding Presence has been available to you. I am training you to be increasingly aware of Me as you go about your daily activities. You can draw near Me at any time simply by whispering My Name. Later, when you have more time, bring Me your prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. Relax in the wondrous assurance that I am your Guide even to the end.

Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with righteousness. For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. -Psalm 48:9-10, 14

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it. -Genesis 28:16

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7 nkjv

 

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