J.K Simmons open to Spider-Man return

J. K. Simmons
Updated 10 November 2017
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J.K Simmons open to Spider-Man return

NEW YORK: J.K Simmons would “never say never” to returning to the Spider-Man world.
The 62-year-old actor starred as Daily Bugle newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson in all three of the Sam Raimi “Spider-Man” movies, and he has returned to the comic book genre playing Police Commissioner James Gordon in the DC Extended Universe film “Justice League.”
Simmons loved playing Jameson and would very much like to make a return to the character in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man films which are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Simmons said: “I never say never. I mean, you know, obviously I had an amazing time with Sam Raimi in those movies and Tobey Maguire and everybody.
“That was a great, great time and huge for my career and my life, and just pure fun. If there were an opportunity to revisit that ... I do not know though. How old is “Spider-Man” going to be if J. Jonah Jameson is this old?”
Holland starred in his first feature film as the webslinger this year in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’
Despite being part of the MCU, the film marked the first time Marvel and Sony Pictures — who own the film rights to Spider-Man — worked together on the fan favorite superhero after Marvel sold the rights in 1985 for $225,000.

However, Sony Pictures are also developing their own ‘Spider-Man’ universe and recently announced two spin-off movies are in the works.
Sony has announced the release date for the upcoming Gina Prince-Bythewood directed movie ‘Silver and Black’, which will hit cinemas four months after the previously announced October 2018 release of ‘Venom’, starring Tom Hardy.


‘Blast fishing’ thrives in Libya’s chaos

A Libyan man buys fish from a fishmonger at the Fish market in Tripoli on August 4, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 20 August 2018
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‘Blast fishing’ thrives in Libya’s chaos

  • There is still hope as long as some good fishermen respect the trade and go out at night with nets
  • The practice has its critics, including marine biologists, fishermen, and even religious leaders

TRIPOLI: Residents of Tripoli’s seafront wake up most weekends to loud blasts: fishermen using dynamite to maximize their catch, regardless of the damage they are causing to marine life.
Dynamite fishing, or “blast fishing,” has flourished — with impunity — since Libya’s 2011 uprising that left the country awash with weapons and explosives.
The Mediterranean country has since descended into chaos and violence, with two rival administrations struggling to impose the law and a myriad of militias vying for control of its oil wealth.
As a result, protecting fish stock and the environment are not a priority for the authorities, experts and officials say.
Haytham Ali, a newly-married teacher, lives less than 50 meters (yards) from the beach in the capital’s residential suburb of Hay Al-Andalous.
“My wife and I enjoy the peace and quiet of Friday mornings in our garden by the sea, but the explosions... as early as 7 am remind us of all that is wrong in this country,” he said.
Mariam, a 64-year-old widow, said the blasts frighten her grandchildren when they come to visit her home near the water.
“My whole house and my old windows shake with every blast... and I have to reassure my grandchildren that it’s only people fishing, not NATO bombs all over again,” she said, referring to the uprising that was backed by the Western alliance.
Dynamite fishing and the use of explosives without a permit are both officially against the law, but dynamite fishermen appear to be immune.
They even post anonymous videos online of sea water being propelled high into the sky and dozens of dazed or dead fish left behind on the surface.
“We hear (the blasts) but no one can do anything about it,” said Bannour Abu Kahal, head of the fisheries department in Garaboulli, east of Tripoli.

Some marine biologists, fishermen and fishmongers, and even religious leaders have tried to speak out against blast fishing but to no avail.
Using dynamite to catch fish “depletes the fish stock in the sea,” said Mokhtar, a fishmonger in central Tripoli, who declined to give his surname.
“This practice is not correct or healthy for the consumer” because it stuns the fish and shreds its skin, he said.
The explosives, known as “gelatine” in Libya, “kills the fish, the fish roe, larvae and sea plants,” said Fathi Al-Zaytuni, a fishmonger who uses nets for his catch.
The explosive devices used in Libya are mostly home-made and have caused dozens of deaths and injuries, according to media reports.
Lana news agency reported in March that three men from the same family died in a blast in the eastern city of Sirte as they were preparing bombs for blast fishing.

Sheikh Sadek Al-Ghariani, the country’s disputed top religious figure, has also waded into the controversy.
“If this type of fishing is banned by laws that regulate fishing, or if it is prejudicial to man and the environment, then it should not be practiced,” he said in a fatwa, religious edict, issued in 2013.
Abu Kahal, the fishing director in Garaboulli, urged “concerned authorities, especially the coast guard, to do their job and put an end to this kind of fishing.”
On a warm and humid August evening, retired fisherman Abdelrazag Al-Bahri, 72, sat at Tripoli port counting the few fishing boats heading out to sea to catch sardines.
“There is still hope as long as some good fishermen respect the trade” and go out at night to haul a catch the traditional way with nets, he said.
He said traditional fishing in Libya had mostly been the work of Egyptians and Tunisians but they had fled the country, with few Libyans now willing to replace them.