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December 4, 2021

Everything You Need To Know About Hemp Tea

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Considering the fact that tea has been around since 2700 BC, it belongs to one of the oldest beverages with over 1000 different varieties. It is the second most popular drink in the world, only outranked by water. No wonder then, that the global tea revenue was around USD 214.76 billion in 2019. Over 159 million US citizens drink tea every single day. So, it is not a surprise that even hemp tea is gaining quick popularity considering its medicinal benefits.

People have been using hemp tea as a beverage long before the legalization of cannabis products began. Cannabidiol or CBD has gained a lot of attention in recent years especially due to the recent studies that showed positive signs of therapeutic benefits associated with it.

There are two main types of cannabinoid receptors in our body. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol binds with the receptors that are mostly present in our brain. It causes the high that cannabis is associated with. However, CBD, unlike its counterpart, doesn’t produce that high as it is thought to work with a different set of receptors in our body that are mostly associated with feelings of relaxation and well-being. That’s why hemp, having more CBD and very few THC compounds within its chemical properties, is known to produce a calming effect, reduce anxiety, and relieve pain – the kind of health benefits CBD is commonly related to.

What are the ingredients found in Hemp tea?

The most important component of hemp is CBD extract. There are primarily two different types of extracted CBD – full spectrum extract and 99% pure CBD concentrate. Which one is better for consumption is still a matter of debate and something that needs solid evidence that is yet to be found. However, there are some talks about CBD becoming a better version when it comes to its medicinal properties because of all the other elements present in the whole plant including cannabinoids, terpenes (aroma and flavor agents), and phytochemicals. Below are the three things that consumers should consider while purchasing a pack of hemp tea:

  • Is it from industrial hemp sourcing?
  • Is the extracted CBD is a full-spectrum (one with the whole plant)?
  • Is the initial dosage level 5-15 mg?

The production and sale of hemp products were legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill. By federal law, hemp can’t have more than 0.3% THC or it would be considered marijuana. This ensures that Hemp tea would actually be safe for regular drinking purposes. However, it is always good to keep an eye on how you feel after having a cup of hemp tea. If you see any signs of drowsiness, you may want to try brewing a milder tea using fewer leaves or stop using the product altogether if the signs persist.

What are the benefits?

Hemp tea, also commonly named CBD tea, is a mixture of crushed leaves, cannabis flowers, and seeds along with other essential herbs. Below are a few health benefits of it:

Helps Reduce Anxiety Issues:

In a 2019 study, researchers analyzed a sample population of 72 adults with concerns related to anxiety and poor sleep. The primary objective was to determine if CBD could improve the sleep and/or anxiety issues that they had. The anxiety score decreased in 57 patients within the first month and stayed less throughout the study period. Even the sleep scores improved in 48 patients within the first month but fluctuated over time. Although controlled clinical trials might be needed, the researchers concluded that CBD might be an effective treatment alternative for anxiety-related disorders.

So, a cup or two of hemp tea per day is not a bad option when it comes to calming effects. In addition to CBD, hemp tea can also contain herbs such as hibiscus and chamomile which assist in the overall relaxation of our body.

Improves the Quality of Sleep:

According to this Harvard Health article, people suffering from anxiety, depression, or other post-traumatic stress disorders take longer to fall asleep. One sleep laboratory study found that youngsters having anxiety disorder slept less deeply as compared to a control group of healthy children. As CBD is known to have therapeutic effects and act as a treatment for anxiety and stress-related problems, hemp tea can, therefore, act as a possible remedy for poor sleep as well.

Improves Digestive System and Fights Chronic Pain:

Gastrointestinal problems are one of the common reasons for the use of cannabis. A few of these conditions include inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, are found in the gut-nerves also called the enteric nervous system (ENS). Any disorder in the gut is thought to involve ENS and hence the cannabinoid receptors are an attractive target for treatment. As THC and CBD can interact with these receptors, medical treatment with cannabis can be an effective alternative. Hence, a cup of CBD tea may help in keeping our guts happy!

When it comes to chronic pain, a study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine suggests that CBD can help in reducing pain and inflammation. It also reduces muscle spasms or stiffness that might lead to pain. Check out the testimonials of some patients who used medical cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain.

Although CBD is known to have several other health benefits, additional research is needed to give concrete evidence on these claims.

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How to Make Hemp Tea

If you are already a regular tea drinker, making hemp tea would need just a couple of extra steps, and you are done. Here is a simple way of making CBD tea:

  1. Grind the CBD buds into a fine consistency and add to any tea infuser of your choice.
  2. Depending on how much CBD buds you’re using, I would say for safe results use 1 liter of water and bring it to boil.
  3. Add the infuser into the pan of water and let it simmer for up to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the infuser using a filter and pour the content into a storage container.
  5. As cannabinoids are fat-soluble, it is better if you use an additional fatty source such as coconut oil or milk before drinking as it increases absorption rates and helps us harness everything it has to provide us with.
  6. Mix thoroughly before pouring into a cup, and you’re ready with a healthy hemp tea.

Conclusion

As the awareness of the health benefits of CBD grows, the use of hemp tea will continue to increase. The continued legalization of medical marijuana products in several states in the US will also assist in the marketing of hemp tea products. Currently, all operations happen within the states due to legal restrictions which increases the overall price of the products. But in the coming years, as things change, hemp tea will be more accessible and affordable to regular consumers.

California governor signs new state budget, eligible Californians to get stimulus payments

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

On Monday night, governor of the U.S. state of California Gavin Newsom signed a new US$262.6 billion budget bill for the state into law, with US$8.1 billion reserved for US$600 direct stimulus payments to Californians to aid in California’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill for the budget, SB 129, and the bill for the stimulus payments, SB 139, both passed both houses of the California Legislature for this fiscial year.

The payments, dubbed the Golden State Stimulus II, are set to be paid out to eligible California taxpaying residents beginning in September. To be eligible, residents must have filed a state tax return for last year, not be someone’s dependent, and must have earned no more than US$75 thousand in wages last year.

Eligible Californians would get a one-time payment of US$600, and households with dependents would receive an additional US$500. Around two-thirds of Californians are expected to get a stimulus payment, according to the governor’s office. Newsom initially proposed the payments in May to aid the state’s economic recovery, as part of his “California Comeback Plan”.

Californians who already received a stimulus payment earlier in the year are not eligible for this second payment. An additional payment of US$500 is still available for those who claimed dependents on their returns.

The budget also provides for US$5.2 billion in renters’ aid for low-income residents and landlords, which would pay for all rent left unpaid during the COVID-19 crisis, and cover rent for several coming months. Overdue water and utility payments would also be covered by US$2 billion in funding.

An additional US$1.5 billion was for grant money intended for small businesses, with US$120 million in tax credits for businesses willing to relocate to California.

California had a budget surplus of nearly US$76 billion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In signing SB 129, Newsom line-item vetoed Section 19.55 of the bill concerning US$2.58 billion in appropriations to various funds “on a technical basis”, citing in an explanation appropriations covered under the section were superseded by the budget. In California, a governor may approve a bill passed by the Legislature with specific items related to the budget rejected. The Legislature can override this line-item veto with a two-thirds vote of both the Assembly and the Senate.

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December 3, 2021

Bank of England governor warns housing market is biggest threat to UK economy

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has warned that the state of the housing market in the United Kingdom is the current biggest domestic threat to the country’s economy, due to lack of house building, and regulatory issues.

In an interview to be aired on Sky News today, he said the housing market is the “biggest risk” to the economy and has “deep, deep structural problems”. Of house building he said: “There are not sufficient houses built in the UK. To go back to Canada, there are half as many people in Canada as in the UK, twice as many houses are built every year in Canada as in the UK and we can’t influence that.”

“We’re not going to build a single house at the Bank of England. We can’t influence that. What we can influence […] is whether the banks are strong enough. Do they have enough capital against risk in the housing market?”

Carney also said the Bank of England would look into the procedures used to issue loans and mortgages to see if they were being granted appropriately: “We’d be concerned if there was a rapid increase in high loan-to-value mortgages across the banks. We’ve seen that creeping up and it’s something we’re watching closely.”

Kris Hopkins responded to Carney on behalf of the government, saying the government “inherited a broken housing market, but our efforts to fix it are working”. “We’ve scrapped the failed top-down planning system, built over 170,000 affordable homes and released more surplus brownfield sites for new housing. We’ve also helped homebuyers get on the housing ladder, because if people can buy homes builders will build them. Housebuilding is now at its highest level since 2007 and climbing. Last year councils gave permission for almost 200,000 new homes under the locally-led planning system and more than 1,000 communities have swiftly taken up neighbourhood planning. It’s clear evidence the government’s long-term economic plan is working.”

Earlier this month, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development called on the UK government to “tighten” access to the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme introduced by George Osborne and the coalition government in 2013. ‘Help to Buy’ has also recently been criticised by three former Chancellors of the Exchequer — the Conservatives Norman Lamont and Nigel Lawson, and former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling. Darling said: “Unless supply can be increased substantially, we will exacerbate that situation with schemes like Help to Buy.”

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December 1, 2021

Judges rule patrons may sue nude bars for lap-dance overcharges

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

A three-judge Texas Court of Appeals ruling will allow men who were overcharged at nudie clubs to sue for refunds and damages.

The two plaintiffs, Paul Brian Meekey and Michael Fulmer, had their cases heard because they were charged more than a regular lap dance fee when they used a credit card, typically $25 for a $20 dance.

“Texas law is pretty clear that you cannot charge someone extra for using a credit card,” said Sandra Krider, an attorney for the patrons. “The fact that they are strip clubs shouldn’t mean they get away with it.”

A lawyer for the businesses, Rick’s Cabaret and the Men’s Club, argued a case based on the type of employment the ladies agreed to perform.

“Since the dancers are independent contractors and not employees of the club, the clubs are not the ones selling the dances,” said attorney Albert Van Huff.

But the men’s attorneys said the win could potentially become a class-action suit with many hundreds of men claiming their day in court. That could present a problem for other patrons who may not want their name and their use of a credit card at a nudie bar released in court transcripts.

“They are going to want the (strip) clubs’ credit card companies to give them the names of all the different people who have charged dances there,” said Van Huff.

The 14th Court of Appeals, a Texas court with headquarters in Houston, had reversed a ruling of a lower trial judge that this case should be heard before the state Finance Commission instead of in a judicial proceeding. The case was sent back to be tried again.

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Dry Eyes Problems, Treatment And Precautions}

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Dry Eyes – Problems, Treatment and Precautions

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Restasis is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of dry eyes. It is an an immunosuppressant eye drop prescribed by the doctor to the patients with chronic dry eyes. Restasis helps the eyes natural ability to produce tears by decreasing swelling and inflammation in the eyes. Its rich ingredients is Cyclosporine Ophthalmic solution. Restasis is also used to suppress the level of immunity in the body. This medication is used for other medical conditions as no listed on the lable of the medicine.

Availability Generic:- Buy 0.05% Cyclosporine 3, 6 and 12ml Brand:- Buy 0.05% 0.4mL 32, 64 and 96 vials What precaution should i take before taking Restasis? There are few important information you should know before using Restasis. Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to Restasis and to its ingredients Cyclosporine or to any other medication. Before switching to this medicine tell your doctor if you are taking any other prescription, non prescription and herbal medicine. If you are taking sirolimus (Rapamune), it is very important for you to take care that this medicine should be taken after 4 hours of Restasis. Inform your doctor if you have the problem of low cholestrol, liver diseases, kidney diseases and low levels of magnesium in your blood before taking Restasis. Can i take Restasis during my pregnancy? If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant and breast feeding mother you are not recommended to use Restasis without informing your doctor. Use of this medication in pregnant and breast feeding mothers may harm the unborn baby and nursed child. Do use of Restasis may cause growth of extra tissue in my gums? Yes use of Restasis may cause growth of extra tissue in your gums. Make sure you brush your teeth carefully and regularly visit to your dentist during the treatment to avoid the risk of serious side effect. Important facts about Restasis * Patients using Restasis medicine for longer period may cause kidney and heart failure. * Do not take any other medicine without consulting your doctor. * Grape fruit and juice should be avoided by patients who are taking Restasis drug. * Use of this medication makes a patient prone to infection. What are the side effects of Restasis? Use of Restasis medicine has some common to serious side effects. Some common side effects are Increased hair growth and Shivering and some serious side effects are feeling confused, pounding of the heart, increase or decrease in weight, hearing loss, muscle pain, change in the color of urine, feeling tired and weak muscles. If you observe any symptoms of any above mentioned side effects you sdould immediately consult your doctor or health care professionals. Where this medicine should be stored? This medicine should be store at room temperature at 15 to 25 degree C. This medication should be store in dry place away from heat, light and moisture. Note you should store this medicine away from children reach. Product should be discarded properly if not in use.

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November 27, 2021

Film from Nunavut in Canada’s north to open TIFF

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A film by Isuma Productions of Canada’s north will open the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Produced by an Igloolik, Nunavut company, the film is titled The Journals of Knud Rassmusen, and co-directed by Zacharias Kunuk of Igloolik and Norman Cohn of Montreal.

The company received critical acclaim for their first film, Atanarjuat, which translates to The Fast Runner. Released in 2001, TIFF declared Atanarjuat one of the top ten Canadian films of all-time. The film grabbed awards at TIFF, Montreal, Chicago, Cannes, Edinburgh, San Diego, Lake Placid, New Port, and many others.

The film portrays the pressures on traditional Inuit culture when explorer Knud Rasmussen introduced European cultural influences to the area in 1922.

The film will play three times during the festival, debuting at the “Visa Screening Room” of the Elgin Theatre at 6:30 p.m. local time, Thursday, then at Roy Thompson Hall at 8:30 p.m. The next day, Ryerson University will show the film at 9:30 a.m.

The festival attracts independent filmmakers and Hollywood celebrities alike. It will run from 7 to 16 September 2006.

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November 26, 2021

U.S. Congress passes CAFTA with 2 vote House margin

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) early morning Thursday, with a narrow vote of 217 in favor, 215 against. Voting was held open for an hour, 45 minutes past the House’s 15-minute voting rule as the President along with other supporters lobbied into the night.

The vote was so close, if one House member changed a “Yea” vote to a “Nay” vote, CAFTA would have failed in a 216-216 tie.

In tallying the votes, 25 Republicans, mostly from Midwest Corn Belt and Rust Belt states and the Southeast United States’s textile industrial belt, broke party line to vote against the measure. Two Republicans were present, but refused to vote.

The Democrats presented a more united front. All but 15 Democrats present voted against the treaty. Independent House members, who usually vote with the Democrats also voted against the measure.

Supporters of the measure include President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. Opponents included most House Democrats.

The trade agreement already passed the Senate in June. President Bush has said he will sign it into law.

DR-CAFTA encompasses the following components:

  • Services: all public services are to be open to private investment.
  • Investment: governments promise to grant ironclad guarantees to foreign investment.
  • Government procurement: All government purchases must be open to transnational bids.
  • Market access: governments pledge to reduce and eventually to eliminate tariffs and other measures that protect domestic products.
  • Agriculture: duty-free import and elimination of subsidies on agricultural products.
  • Intellectual property rights: privatization of and monopoly over technological know-how.
  • Antidumping rules, subsidies and countervailing rights: governments commit to phase out protectionist barriers in all sectors.
  • Competition policy: the dismantling of national monopolies.
  • Dispute resolution: the right of transnationals to sue countries in private international courts.
  • Environmental protection: the enforcement of environmental laws and improvement of the environment.
  • Labor standards: the enforcement of the International Labour Organization‘s core labor standards.
  • Transparency: the reduction of government corruption.
  • Test-Data Exclusivity for pharmaceutical corporations
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November 23, 2021

Indian Railway: all-women crew steers Tippu Express ahead of International Women’s Day

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Yesterday, an all-women crew ran the Mysuru–Bengaluru Tippu Express in the Indian state of Karnataka. The state-run Indian Railways launched this event ahead of International Women’s Day, for promoting gender equality at work places.

B Shiva Parvathi was running the train as loco pilot (locomotive pilot), and 22-year-old Rangoli Patil was her loco co-pilot. The train left Mysore Junction railway station at 11:30 am IST (0600 UTC), covering a distance of 139km to reach KSR Bangalore station. The train had banners on it which mentioned “International Women’s Day Celebration”.

Speaking to newspaper Star of Mysore, B Shiva Parvathi said, “It is a proud moment for me to be steering this train today along with my Loco Pilot Rangoli and the all-women staff”. Mysore Divisional Railway Manager Aparna Garg told Wikinews only 10% of the employees in the Mysore Division were women, which constitutes about 650 female employees.

Mysore district comes under the South West Railway (SWR) branch of the Indian Railway. Mysore Division of the SWR celebration of the Women’s day started on March 1, and is planned till March 10. Various activities are being conducted in this period, including health check-ups, yoga, sports competition and trekking, newspaper The Hindu reported.

“The theme ‘Equal for All’ is an effort of the Railways to promote more women workforce and empower them. Women of today are no less to any men, be it in any field. I hope through such initiatives, more number of women are motivated to take up jobs in their respective fields of interest”, Garg told Star of Mysore.

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Tips For Your Kitchen Renovation Include Look A Like Hardwood Flooring

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Tips For Your Kitchen Renovation Include Look-a-Like Hardwood Flooring

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Whether you are preparing your property for sale, or are changing a place you have just acquired, renovations like kitchen renovations are definitely worth the investment. In regards to resale, kitchen remodeling will not only help attract more buyers and sell your residence more rapidly, they are also cost effective and prudent investments because the money invested in the remodelling is made back and may also improve the worth of your house for a prospective buyer. Changing your kitchen with all the most current home appliances, materials and styles will add convenience and enjoyment in your regular life.There are several areas to consider when designing a kitchen renovation for your house. Identifying the layout of the new space is necessary to making sure a functional and useful kitchen. The classic ‘kitchen triangle’ is a tried, tested and true pattern which enables for exceptional flow and function in a kitchen.

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The three points of the triangle include the sink, the cooking area as well as fridge, allowing you to move from one area to the next quickly and effortlessly. Purchasing high-quality supplies for cupboards, hardwood floors and countertops will end up being an intelligent investment since they are more durable and may have warranty options. In regards to finding a countertop, you can find numerous options to achieve a state-of-the-art and classy look, while keeping away from high maintenance, tough to clean products. Recycled glass for instance creates a luxurious and contemporary look, while remaining tough, low maintenance and environmentally desired. Furthermore, granite options, such as engineered Trend Stone give you a robust and cost efficient kitchen counter with great performance, since they\’re non-porous, stain resistant and simple to clean. Both of these counter-top styles are fantastic alternatives for kitchen renovations, because they add interest and elegance while keeping performance and sturdiness. Considering cabinets could be the most challenging factor to kitchen improvements, because they produce the largest visual impact to the living space and monetary impact in your finances. Also, the countless options of style, style and quality can be overwhelming. It is really important to consider your storage requirements, design and style and own personal style when moving forward with selecting cabinetry. It can also be extremely important to evaluate if your kitchen renovation needs completely brand new kitchen cabinetry, or whether re-facing kitchen cabinets could be the most appropriate. If your current cabinetry are in good condition and you have not transformed the foot print of your kitchen, you may want to consider a budget-friendly update of the current design.An excellent way to transform your kitchen is usually to increase the light. Contemplate replacing your patio doors if they are off your kitchen, which they are usually in many current households nowadays. One other fantastic way to improve your kitchen and increase the amount of sun light is to put in bay windows and bow windows, which have the added benefit of creating additional room in the form of a cozy corner. A bay window provides classiness and architectural flare for your kitchen layout. Needless to say, if you are replacing windows then another natural concern is window coverings. The truth is, a new window covering is a terrific choice for folks who need to update windows with out upgrading the window or making any architectural improvements. Contemplate decorative window film and cellular shades because of their great ecological benefits. Roman shades and Roman blinds are a fantastic way to add elegance and decorative flare to your kitchen space. Kitchen renovations add worth and interest to your house, whether you are getting ready to sell or intending to enjoy the room for several years. By keeping in mind storage space, style and function, you will create a renovation that will make an impression. By choosing a design and style that shows your personality, while considering the layout and distance between the three most important elements (the sink, the food preparation surface and also the fridge) you will create kitchen renovations that will produce efficiency, splendor and elegance.

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24 error messages sent by Flight 447

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

French authorities have today revealed that Air France Flight 447 sent 24 error messages shortly before the plane disappeared during the flight between Rio de Janeiro and Paris with 228 people on board. They also said that the plane’s auto-pilot was not active, although they say that from the error messages it is impossible to determine the reason for it being inactive. The crash is said to be the world’s worst aviation disaster since 2001.

Officials have still not determined the reason for the flight’s disappearance or located the wreckage of the plane, but have said that it was flying through an area of “powerful cumulo-nimbus” clouds. The authorities continued saying, “these are found frequently in this area and in normal climactic [sic] conditions”. However other meteorologists said the jet was entering a zone with unusual storms and 100mph updrafts which could have formed a vacuum, sucking water up from the ocean.

Fourteen of the error messages sent by the system were done so within a period of one minute, 2:10 a.m. – 2:11 a.m. UTC. It is thought that some of the error messages are related to the flight speed and controls related to auto thrust. Paul-Louis Arslanian, director of the French air accident investigation agency, said that the error messages indicated systems had shut down one after another. He also confirmed that the plane in question had encountered difficulties with measuring its speed and that Airbus was currently completing “a programme of replacement, of improvement”.

Airbus and Arslanian insist that planes are still safe, however Airbus have since re-sent information regarding difficulties with calculating speed and confirming their advice in such situations.

Previous announcements by the Brazilian air force that they had successfully located part of the wreckage of flight 447 have turned out to be false after ships recovered unrelated debris from the sea. After recovering debris from the sea, including a cargo pallet and two buoys, Brigadier Ramon Cardoso, the director of Brazilian air traffic control said, “[U]p to now, no material from the plane has been recovered.”

He continued, “We confirm that the pallet found is not part of the debris of the plane. It’s a pallet that was in the area, but considered more to be trash. The pallet was made of wood, and the Air France Airbus A330 did not have any wooden pallets on board. That’s how we can confirm that the pallet isn’t part of the remains of the aircraft”. It is thought the pallet came from a passing ship which is also being blamed as to the reason for the oil slick spotted in the area.

David Learmount, operations and safety editor of Flight International magazine, said: “The fact that the autopilot was not working is not the cause of this accident”, continuing by saying it is “not at all unusual” for the autopilot to cut out, alerting the pilots with a loud warning, adding “it’s not the cause, it’s the symptom” of the accident.

He also said that it was “designed to cut out at any time that it receives conflicting messages, which we know it was” and that “It’s designed to cut out rather than controlling the airplane in an unsafe way – it’s not an intelligent system, it doesn’t know which of the data are correct.”

Rescuers have long since given up on attempting to find any survivors instead now trying to locate and recover the wreckage of the flight and more importantly the flight data recorders, without which they say they may never know what happened to the flight. The process of recovery is expected to be difficult with the seabed reaching depths of 3,000 to 4,000 meters. Both American and French specialist equipment has been sent to the area with the aim of recovering the recorders, however French officials say that the locator beacons attached to the boxes could possibly have become detached by the force of the impact.

Speculation has been rife as to the thought cause of the flights disappearance, ranging from a direct lightning strike to weather in the area, however recently a Spanish pilot has said, via his airline Air Comet, that on a flight in the area he saw an “intense flash of white light”. The report, initially released by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo and then confirmed by AFP also said a co-pilot and passenger also saw the bright light.

“Suddenly, we saw in the distance a strong and intense flash of white light, which followed a descending and vertical trajectory and which broke up in six seconds” the unidentified captain said.

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