November 18, 2014

Chilean earthquakes: in pictures

Thursday, March 18, 2010 

On the Feb. 27, Chile was hit by an magnitude 8.8 earthquake; almost 500 were killed, with resulting tsunami destroying most coastal towns between Llolleo and Araucanía Region. A second earthquake last week, with its epicentre in Pichilemu, caused destruction in the Coquimbo and Bío Bío regions.

A Wikinews contributor is in the area, and we look at the extent of this natural disaster’s damage through his photographs.

November 16, 2014

Chilean earthquakes: in pictures

Thursday, March 18, 2010 

On the Feb. 27, Chile was hit by an magnitude 8.8 earthquake; almost 500 were killed, with resulting tsunami destroying most coastal towns between Llolleo and Araucanía Region. A second earthquake last week, with its epicentre in Pichilemu, caused destruction in the Coquimbo and Bío Bío regions.

A Wikinews contributor is in the area, and we look at the extent of this natural disaster’s damage through his photographs.

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WARNING: Due to the Wikinews’s open and collaborative nature, it cannot guarantee the veracity of outside links or the absence of possible scams involving charities, thus the potential danger of fraud exists. In particular, beware of bogus organizations that have names similar to those of well-known aid agencies. Also beware of unsolicited emails that ask for your donation online. For those who want to make a donation, the most secure channels are established web sites and well-publicized telephone hotlines.

Amritsar District Red Cross Branch, Court Road, Amritsar – 143 001. Punjab. Ph : 0183-2500598 Fax: 2216161

District Red Cross Branch, Near Civil Lines, Bathinda – 151 001. Punjab. Ph : 0164-2212860 Fax: 2212789

District Red Cross Branch, Sadiq Road, Faridkot – 151 203. Ph : 01639-250228 Fax: 250418 Punjab.

District Red Cross Branch, The Mall, Firozepur – 152 001. Punjab. Ph : 01632-244247

District Red Cross Branch, Manpur, Near Atteywali, Fatehgar Sahib – 140 407. Punjab. Ph : 230294 Fax: 230215

District Red Cross Branch, Near Bus Stand, Gurdaspur – 143 521. Punjab. Ph : 01874 -230085 Fax: 230501

District Red Cross Branch, Civil Lines, Hoshiarpur – 146 001. Punjab. Ph : 01874-221071 Fax: 220303

District Red Cross Branch, Lajpat Nagar, Jalandhar – 144 001. Punjab. Ph : 0181-224366 Fax: 224783

District Red Cross Branch, Near Bus Stand, Kapurthala – 144 601. Punjab. Ph : 01822-233728 Fax: 233777

District Red Cross Branch, Tha Mall, Ludhiana – 141 001. Punjab. Ph : 0161-2444923 Fax: 2449904

District Red Cross Branch, Near Bus Stand, Mansa – 151 505. Punjab. Ph : 01652-220892, Fax: 220933

District Red Cross Branch, Moga – 142 001. Punjab. Ph : 01636-226060

District Red Cross Branch, Muketsar – 152 026. Punjab. Ph : 01633-263189 Fax: 263808

District Red Cross Branch, Nawan Shahar – 144 514. Punjab. Ph : 01823-221447 Fax: 221301

District Red Cross Branch, Rajbaha Road, Patiala – 147 001. Punjab. Ph : 0175-2215971 Fax: 2213191

District Red Cross Branch, Bhai Ghanaiya Red Cross Bhawan, Ropar – 140 001. Punjab. Ph : 01881-221167 Fax: 221180

District Red Cross Branch, Ranbir Club, Sangrur – 148 001. Punjab. Ph : 01672-234272

The Tribune Tsunami Relief Fund The Tribune Trust, Sector 29-C, Chandigarh – 160 030 (91-172) 2655066. Fax: (91-172) 2651291

Ambala Ph : 0171 2530556

Faridabad District Branch, Red Cross Bhawan, Sector 12, Faridabad. Ph : 0129-2528317. Bhiwani ph. 01664-242426 Fatehabad 01667-224696 Gurgaon 0124 -2320468

Indian Red Cross Society, Red Cross Bhawan, Barnes Court, Shimla – 171 002. Phone : 0177-221868.

Hon. Secretary Indian Red Cross Society, Exchange Road, Srinagar (Kashmir)-190001. Phone : 0194-473910 (R) 431411. Fax : 0194-473910 Telegram : REDCROSS

Honorary Secretary, Kashmir Regional Red Cross Committee, Exchange Road, Srinagar – 190 001. Ph : 0191-473910. (R) 422129.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Tankipora, Srinagar – 190 001. Ph : 0191-452182 (R) 452223.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Budgam, Ph : 0911-55203/5 (R) 55204.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Baramulla. Ph : 01952-34210 (R) 34257

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Anatnag. Ph : 01932-22337 (R) 222335.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Kupwara. Ph : 01955-52343 (R) 52343.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Pulwama. Ph : 0926-41243 (R) 41243.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Kargil. Ph : 0195-32216 (R) 2222.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Leh. Ph :01982-52010 (R) 52027.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Jammu – 180 001. Ph : 0191-54943

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Udhampur, Jammu.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Kathua, Jammu. Ph : 01922-34007 (R) 2210.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Rajouri, Jammu. Ph : 01962-62481 (R) 6242.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Poonch, Jammu. Ph : 01965-24333 (R) 300.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman, District Red Cross Committee, Doda, Jammu. Ph : 01987-33231 (R) 3239.

Honorary Secretary, District Red Cross Committee, Kachi Chawney, Jammu-180 001 Ph. (O)0191-549413 (R) 577258

Indian Red Cross Society, Kachi Chawney, Jammu – 180 001. Phone : 0191-543739

Madhava Sadhan, Kaleshwara Rao Road, Vijaywada – 520002, Andhra Pradesh

The areas of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Chennai are among the worst hit in Tamil Nadu. The International Association for Human Values, in association with Art of Living Foundation, have strated relief efforts focused in these areas. More than 200 volunteers are already onsite. Medicines, clothes, food and other relief material are being distributed to affected families in Chennai. A special team has been established which is making an assessment in terms of short term needs and long term rehabilitation needs. Art of Living volunteers will also be setting up trauma relief camps to recoup from the shock and trauma the victims are undergoing due to the disaster.

You can donate in the following ways

1. ONLINE: Please go to and donate using our secure website (the secure website will be launched at the time of payment). We accept all major credit cards.

2. CHECK/MONEY ORDER: Please make them payable to IAHV and mail to: IAHV, 12121 Quadrille Lane, Bowie, MD 20720 Contact: Filiz Odabas 202-363-2136 or Madhu Kadari 301-806-7983 for more information. For other countries, please contact local person.

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Vinoba Ashram, Kuthur – 611 105, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. Phone: 04366-275443 and 275540. E-mail:

Madurai Henri Tiphagne ( Executive Director ) People’s Watch – Tamilnadu 6, vallabai Road, Madurai 625 002 Tamilnadu (Tel 91 452 2539529, 2531 874)

CEDA Trust 98A Kooturavu Nagar Opp Beschi College Dindigul, Tamil Nadu 624005 ph : 0451 2431090

3. East Coast Citizens Organizations or ECCO aims to promote awareness, responsibility and activism in environmental matters among citizens along Chennai’s East Coast Road.

Just twenty years ago Besant Nagar and Tiruvanmiyur were sweet watered, clean, spacious neighbourhoods. Look at them today and you can see the future that awaits all villages south. Between peoples’ migration, rapidly growing commercial establishments and little awareness of laws, that future might in fact be racing towards us.

Issues of water conservation, waste management and noise and other pollutions should engage all concerned citizens along the ECR. ECCO is an organisation conceived to bring together such citizens.

ECCO has also been working for helping the people of the area who were affected by the Tsunami. ECCO is completely focussed on helping the Tsunami affected and has no overheads.

National Fishworkers Forum Velankanny Junction, Valiathura Vallakadavu P.O. Trivandrum – 695008 Ph: 0471-2501376/2505216 Email:

November 15, 2014

Chip and PIN ‘not fit for purpose’, says Cambridge researcher

Sunday, February 14, 2010 

University of Cambridge security expert Professor Ross Anderson has blasted the EMV system used worldwide for credit and debit card transactions, and known in the UK as Chip and PIN, after his research team discovered a serious vulnerability. The group were able to carry out purchases using a card, even without knowing the associated personal identification number (PIN), by using a “man-in-the-middle” attack.

Retail terminals at the point of sale require the cardholder to insert their card and enter their secret PIN before a transaction can be authorised. They then communicate with the microchip built in to the card itself, which holds the PIN. If the correct number has been given, this chip returns a standard verification code (0x9000) to the terminal.

In the researchers’ attack they inserted a genuine card into a second reader, connected to a laptop. The laptop is linked by thin wires to a fake card, which is inserted into the retailer’s terminal. The laptop relays the communications between the terminal and the stolen, but genuine, card, up until the stage where the PIN is to be checked. At this point it intercepts and responds with the verification code, no matter what number was entered. The retailer’s terminal then believes that the correct PIN has been entered, and the card can be told that a signature was used to verify the cardholder instead.

Their technique has been tested successfully on cards from six different issuers: Bank of Scotland, Barclaycard, Co-operative Bank, Halifax, HSBC and John Lewis.

The group say that not much technical skill is required for the attack, and suggested the equipment needed could be kept in a backpack, with the wires to the fake card running down a user’s sleeve. They believe the equipment could be miniaturised to the size of a remote control.

“In practice how this attack would work is that one reasonably technically skilled person would build a device that carries out the attack and then sell this equipment on the internet just like criminals already do,” said Dr Steven Murdoch who worked on the project.

Professor Anderson claimed that the attack could already be in use by criminals. “We have many examples of people who have had their cards stolen and then purchases made using the chip and pin,” he said. “They are adamant they didn’t use it but if the banks say chip and pin has been used you have to pay. I think many of these people would have been victim of the kind of technique we have developed.”

He was scathing about bank claims that the system was secure. “The banks are wrong. All the banks are lying. They are maliciously and wilfully deceiving the customer. If there was any justice then the police would be looking into this. The system is not fit for purpose.”

Consumer group Which? have also called for an investigation, stating that in a recent survey one in seven people said that money had been taken from their accounts without authorisation. Around half of these did not have the money refunded by the bank.

“We want the banks to look into these potential flaws,” said Cathy Neal from Which? Money, “because we have had many examples where the banks have said a pin was used and the customer said it hasn’t.”

Over 90 percent of UK card transactions at point-of-sale use chip and PIN, according to the UK Payments Administration. The attack does not affect ATM transactions, which use different standards. Mark Bowerman, a spokesman for the group which represents card companies, said that there was no evidence the attack was in use and emphasised that card fraud had fallen with the introduction of chip and PIN.

“We are taking this paper very seriously, as maintaining excellent levels of card security is paramount,” he said. “However, we strongly refute the allegation that chip and PIN is broken.”

The research paper has been made available as a working draft, and is due to be published at the IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium in May 2010. Members of the banking industry were informed of the vulnerability in early December last year.

iPod Touch

The iPod Touch (stylized and marketed as iPod touch) is a multipurpose pocket size electronic device designed and marketed by Apple Inc. with a user interface that is touchscreen-based. It can be used as a music and video player, digital camera, handheld game device, and personal digital assistant (PDA).[6] It connects to the Internet through Wi-Fi base stations and is therefore not a smartphone, though its design and iOS operating system are very similar to Apple’s iPhone. As of May 2013, 100 million iPod Touch units have been sold.[1]

All models of the same generation typically consist of identical features, processors, and performance, in addition to available operating system upgrades, differing only in outer color and internal storage space. An exception was the fifth generation, as the first version of the low-end (16 GB) model was sold without a rear-facing iSight photographic camera and lacked the iPod Touch loop. However, on June 26, 2014, the 16 GB model was refreshed to include the rear-facing camera and more color options. The prices for every iPod Touch model were also dropped.[7]

The iPod Touch runs Apple’s Unix-based iOS operating system (called ‘iPhone OS’ until 2010) and includes bundled software to browse the Internet, view maps, send and receive email, view media, and work with office documents such as presentations and spreadsheets. Users type on a virtual keyboard displayed on the screen. Apple operates an online store, allowing users to buy and directly download music, videos and third-party software. From launch, the iPod Touch was described by journalists as an ‘iPhone without the phone’,[8] and each iPod Touch model to date has been introduced with the same release number of iOS as the contemporary iPhone model.

Successive updates to iOS since the initial release in 2007 have released additional features. iPhone OS 2.0, released on July 11, 2008, introduced the App Store, which allowed third-party applications for the first time. iPhone OS 3.0, released on June 17, 2009, added features such as cut, copy, and paste, data tethering and push notification support. iOS 4.0, released on June 21, 2010, introduced iBooks, FaceTime, and multitasking. It dropped support for the first generation iPod Touch.

In June 2011, iOS 5, the fifth major release of iOS software, was announced at Apple’s WWDC 2011, which added notification, messaging and reminder features.[9] Apple limited some features, most notably the voice control system Siri, to the iPhone.[10] iOS 6, which was released on September 19, 2012 to the fourth and fifth generation iPod Touch models, contains 200 new features including Passbook, Facebook integration and Apple Maps. The fifth generation iPod Touch gained the ability to take panoramic photos, a feature shared with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.[11]

Recent iOS updates have been free for owners of supported iPod Touch models, but Apple received criticism for charging iPod Touch owners for versions 2.0 and 3.0, which iPhone owners received for free, and for excluding certain features from the iPod Touch software that the iPhone included.[12][13] Apple’s position was that they could add features for free to the iPhone because the revenue from it is accounted for on a subscription basis under accounting rules, rather than as a one time payment.[14] At WWDC in June 2010, as of iOS 4, Steve Jobs announced that Apple had “found a way” to make subsequent OS upgrades available free to iPod Touch owners.

To purchase content on the iPod Touch, the user must create an Apple ID or have an existing account. With this account one may download music and videos from the iTunes Store, apps from the App Store, or books from the iBookstore. An Apple ID account created without a credit card can be used to get free content, and gift cards can be bought to pay for apps instead of using credit cards.

The only official way to obtain third-party applications for the iPod Touch is Apple’s App Store, which is a branch of iTunes Store. The App Store application, available in all versions of iOS from 2.0 onwards, allows users to browse and download applications from a single online repository (hosted by Apple) with the iTunes Store. To develop such software, a software development kit (SDK) was officially announced on March 6, 2008, at an Apple Town Hall meeting.[15] The iOS SDK allows making applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch after paying a fee to join the development team. The developer can then set the price for the applications they develop and will receive 70% of money earned. Apple retains 30% of the sale price with no minimum fixed fee.

Like all Apple’s iOS devices, the iPod Touch is a tightly controlled or closed platform. Modifying or replacing the operating system violates the device warranty, communication between apps is limited and controlled, and Apple is the only authorized software vendor. Hackers have therefore attempted to ‘jailbreak’ all iOS devices to enable forbidden or unsupported features, such as multitasking in iOS versions before 4.0, themes for the home screen, the use of software Apple has refused to sell, or a battery percentage indicator. Jailbreaks for the iPod Touch first surfaced a month after the first model was released in September 2007, when hackers released JailbreakMe 1.0 (also called “AppSnapp”) to jailbreak iPhone OS 1.1.1.[16][17] This allowed users to install third-party programs on their devices before Apple permitted this.

As of August 2014, each version of iOS on iPod Touches can be jailbroken using tools such as PwnageTool, redsn0w, Absinthe, both versions of evasi0n, and Pangu.[citation needed] Apple’s warranty statement implies that an iPod Touch after jailbreaking or other modification made by unofficial means is not covered by Apple’s warranty. Jailbreaking is a violation of the Terms and Conditions for using iOS. The jailbreaking process can normally be undone by performing a restore through iTunes.[18]

The iPod Touch is generally similar to the iPhone. The iPod Touch lacks some of the iPhone’s features and associated apps, including the built-in compass, but is also thinner, lighter and less expensive. The fifth generation models are closely related to the iPhone 5C, which is also available in a variety of colors despite the iPod Touch loop. However, the 5th generation iPod touch has the A5 system on a chip, while the iPhone 5C has the A6, like 2012’s iPhone 5. Older models also lack IPS display technology, speakers, microphones, and cameras, and the camera has never been as high quality as on contemporary iPhone models.[19] Until the fifth generation, the iPod Touch camera lacked a flash for low-light photography, and until the fourth generation the sleep/wake button was on the opposite side. Steve Jobs once referred to the iPod Touch as “training wheels for the iPhone”.[20]

For iPod Touch units bought before October 12, 2011, users must own a Mac or PC computer to be able to use the iPod. Users then must install iTunes and connect the iPod through a USB port. The iPod will then be set up in iTunes. New iPods bought after October 12, 2011 have iOS 5.0 preloaded, and allow activation wirelessly, without the need of a PC or Mac.[21]

Earlier iPod Touch units must be plugged into a computer to be synced. This will charge the iPod Touch and sync the music library, videos, pictures and backup data. iOS 5 enables the user to do all this from the device and send it to the iCloud service, which supports Mac OS X Lion and later.

Starting with the second generation, iPod Touch can only be charged from the 5 V pin of the dock connector while most prior iPod models (including the original iPod Touch) could also be charged from the 12 V pin for FireWire power.[22] This change dropped support for charging in vehicles equipped with a FireWire-based iPod connection. Most aftermarket manufacturers of such equipment offer cables and/or adapters which convert the vehicle’s 12 V to 5 V. Charging the iPod Touch takes about 2 hours (80 per cent capacity) for fast charge, and full charge takes about 4 hours.

The iPod Touch (fifth generation) and iPhone 5 feature a new dock connector, named “Lightning”, which replaces the Apple Dock connector on older iPhone, iPad, iPod models. The Apple Lightning connector has eight pins and all signaling is digital. This new connector is smaller than the previous one allowing the iPhone 5 slimmer form factor. Apple Lightning cables have duplicate pins on two sides of each plug, so it can be inserted either way around. Various accessories will be available to convert the Apple Lightning connector to the older Apple Dock connector or USB,[23] although not all old accessories will work, as not all signals are available.[24]

November 7, 2014

Consider This Before Getting A Brand New Closet Built

Consider this before getting a brand new closet built


Jacalyn Pozniak

You can have an attractive house with all the features available, except for a great closet system. If you don\’t have a good means of storage, you will definitely worry about so much storage difficulties, and this also means that all your bedrooms are not going to physically look as tidy as you\’d like them to be. Thus, it\’s actually crucial to always have an efficient closet storage solution in the home. Whether you\’re improving your own home or setting up a closet for a completely brand new place or condo, you could be sure to discover a modern closet solution if seek advice from a closet consultant.

Choosing the perfect closet style and design is dependent on the kinds of space problems you have and on your tastes. You can actually for example settle on a walk-in closet if maybe you would like something which generally would provide you lots of room, or you could actually go for a much smaller closet design if you inhabit a much smaller place like for instance in a small apartment or condo. There has to be coordination between the closet design and the actual spot where it gets installed. For instance, the closet that you\’re going to install within the bedroom needs to be completely unique from the kind of closet that\’s fixed into your garage area. For the most part, the design and style and components must be based on the planned main function of such closet space — should you use wardrobe hangers and drawers, shelves or wall units? Would you pick out a walk-in closet or maybe reach-in closet space with a sliding door? All this is dependent on the actual space area, that\’s why you should check with a closet style and design specialist.

A few of the added benefits you are really sure to derive from a thoughtfully fabricated, custom made closet area are:

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Organization – It\’s a given; through a custom-made closet you could easily sort all of your clothes and footwear in in a nice way that you achieve that beautiful view in your room.

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November 5, 2014

Rescue teams try to save London whale

Saturday, January 21, 2006 

Rescue teams are attempting to save the life of the whale which has been swimming in the London Thames river over the past few days. The northern bottle-nosed whale, which had gotten weaker and weaker, became beached this afternoon. Rescue teams quickly moved the whale onto an inflatable pontoon, keeping the whale in water but with its blowhole above the surface.

Experts then tried to evaluate the condition of the whale by performing ultrasound checks to see how much blubber and blood the whale has, and by taking some blood tests. The breathing rate of the whale was around four inhalations per minute.

The pontoon is currently being towed by a barge slowly downstream.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue team lead the rescue effort. They hope to be able to release the whale in as deep water as possible, but only if it is in good enough health. If the whale is considered to be in too weak a condition to survive, it may be euthanised, experts have said.

The rescue mission is being filmed by television crews, including from helicopters, and broadcast live onto rolling news channels. Mark Stevens, a member of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team reported on the situation live on TV using a mobile phone, direct from the scene where he was standing in the water. At one point he asked the BBC to tell their helicopter to fly higher, as the noise made the whale’s breathing rate temporarily go up.

The whale sightings have captivated the British public, with spectators lining the banks of the Thames to take photographs and try and spot the whale. However, the inital surprise at seeing the whale soon turned to concern as experts fear for the whale’s long term health. Initial plans to transfer the whale from the barge “Crossness” to a deep-sea ship have been abandoned as the condition of the whale deteriorates, but it is still hoped to release the whale in the Thames estuary.

Overdue supply ship docks with International Space Station

Monday, July 5, 2010 

The unmanned Progress M-06M spacecraft, which failed to dock with the International Space Station a few days ago, succeeded in a second attempt Sunday. Russian officials said that today’s docking went flawlessly and exactly as planned, save for the fact that the docking occurred two days behind schedule.

NASA officials made clear that in the event of a total failure of the cargo ship, the orbital outpost’s crew would have had enough surplus supplies to utilize until October or possibly November. By that time, a space shuttle and another Progress spacecraft would have arrived at the station to deliver supplies.

According to NASA, Friday’s abort was most likely due to the faulty activation of a TV transmitter, which led to loss of telemetry and the initiation of an abort sequence. This, in turn, caused the spacecraft to fly past the station. The station’s crew, however, were never in any danger, as the craft bypassed the outpost at a safe distance. The spacecraft, which was launched last week, delivered food, water, oxygen, and other utilities to the orbiting American-Russian crew.

November 4, 2014

French fishermen blockade Channel ports

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 

French fishing vessels have blockaded the English Channel ports of Calais, Bolougne, and Dunkirk.

The protest is an industrial action over tighter fishing quotas imposed by the European Union, with French fishing unions asking for their government to provide financial assistance or take a tougher line. CFTC Fishermans Union spokesman Bruno Dachicourt told Agence France Presse: “There are easily twenty boats blocking the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer in organized ranks. Not a boat will go in nor out.”

The fishermen are protesting the lowering of European Union quotas on fishing, which place a ceiling on the amount of fish that the fishermen of each member country are allowed to catch and sell. The EU has lowered quotas in response to concerns about the sustainability of fisheries, but each drop in quota reduces the amount of work each fishing vessel can do. “The feeble amount of the quota obliges us to close the fishing zones three months after the beginning of the catch”, said Stéphane Pinto, spokesman for the CFDT trade union group representing fishermen in Boulogne.

Ferry sailings between Dover in the United Kingdom and Calais were suspended, with UK authorities implementing the Operation Stack management plan in response. Under the plan sections of the M20 motorway are closed to traffic and used as a managed lorry park. Motorists have been advised to seek alternative routes if possible. Most cars and passengers from the P&O Calais-Dover sailings at 16.10 (apparently the first sailing affected), 17.40 and 18.25 left on the “Pride of Dover” at 11.47 arriving Dover at 12.30. Two SeaFrance ferries, Renoir and another, left slightly earlier.

Fishermen have also used fires and roadblocks to interfere with access to the ports by road.

The blockades come eight days after a similar incident in the Mediterranean, when French fishermen in Marseille, Ajaccio, Toulon and other port cities interfered with oil tanker movements and blockaded ports throughout the south of the country.

Wikinews is unaware of any official statement from the British or French Governments in response to the blockade.