JLL’s Public Institutions Group has won a five-year, $88 million contract for real estate portfolio advisory services for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s privatized projects, continuing the portfolio advisory support the firm has provided to the Air Force since 2001.Under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, JLL will support housing privatization efforts, enhanced use leasing (EUL) transactions, value-based transactions, real estate and environmental issues related to BRAC, and other real estate transactions and privatized programs.“We have had the honor of working with the Air Force to optimize its real estate assets, housing privatization and utilities privatization efforts across the U.S. for over 14 years,” said John Leineweber, managing director for JLL, who will oversee the Air Force Public Institutions team.“Our team’s hands-on experience in all facets of public and private real estate finance, operations, construction and development will help us bring the best solutions to accomplish the Air Force’s goals of sound financial management, long-term viability, maximized consideration and reduced liability,” Leineweber said.The Air Force’s portfolio of privatized assets currently includes more than 53,000 housing units and nine active EUL projects. JLL formerly was known as Jones Lang LaSalle. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Marvel Sony TV and Movies 77 Photos Share your voice Comments 14 Tania González/CNET First the internet wanted to raid Area 51, now Sony is the target, with over 5,500 Spider-Man fans planning to storm its California offices and bring Spider-Man back to Marvel.A Facebook event, hosted by three fans, was set up on Tuesday. The event, according to its description, involves dressing up in Spider-Man costumes and bringing “our boy home!” (to the Marvel Cinematic Universe).The raid is planned for Oct. 31, aka Halloween. The perfect guise.This fan rage spawned from a report Deadline published Tuesday of a high-level dispute between Sony and Marvel. That dispute means Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige won’t produce any more Spider-Man films and Marvel will no longer be involved in the Spider-Man movie universe.Fan ire has been primarily targeted at Sony, but the company pointed to Marvel’s role in Feige stepping away. “Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise,” a spokesperson told CNET. “We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.”Stay hopeful, though. The Sony representative also stated they hoped things might “change in the future.”Sony and Marvel made a deal in 2015 to make Spider-Man movies together. The latest, Spider-Man: Far From Home, earned more than $1 billion at the box office, becoming Sony’s highest ever grossing film.Columbia Pictures, Sony’s primary film production holding, acquired the rights to movie Spider-Man in 2000. It made five Spider-Man movies before the deal with Marvel brought Spider-Man: Homecoming, then Far From Home. 2019 movies to geek out over Tags
Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone flaunt their look at MET Gala 2019.InstagramIndian actresses Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone caused a splash at MET Gala 2019, held on Monday, May 6 at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. While Deepika Padukone wore a Zac Posen all-pink gown with 3D prints of sea creatures on it, Priyanka Chopra wore a silver mesh gown with a cape that had splashes of yellow and pink.Deepika Padukone confessed that her look was inspired by the iconic toy Barbie Doll and did look pretty, but MET Gala pretty. Priyanka Chopra’s Dior Haute Couture outfit was good but her hair and makeup, with a silver bindi, were not appreciated by people but we think it was perfect for the MET Gala.International Business Times, India had carried out a 24-hour poll to see whose look did fans like more. And not surprisingly, most people (57.93%) voted for Deepika Padukone. Priyanka Chopra has got only 14.63% votes, while 16.46% of people have voted that they have liked none of the looks. There are 10.98% of fans who liked the look of both Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. The voters we gather are largely Indian, and so that explains it all. Indians did not get the theme of MET Gala 2019 – Camp: Notes on Fashion.Take a look at our poll story here and the Poll Result here: Poll Result: Priyanka Chopra vs Deepika Padukone at MET Gala 2019.IBTIMESAlthough we at IBTIMES love Deepika Padukone’s look, we must say she, or rather her designer did not really keep up with the theme of the MET Gala 2019. The xXx: Return of Xander Cage actress got comments like ‘Gorgeous’ and beautiful for her outfit at the MET Gala 2019, which we think is not what the gala was meant for.Priyanka Chopra, on the other hand, has countless memes on her MET Gala 2019 look and how people found her fashion at the event. Like her husband Nick Jonas said at the Gala, it was meant to be “outrageous”. In that sense, Priyanka Chopra wins hands down. Priyanka Chopra or Deepika Padukone: Who rocked the Met Gala 2019 look?TwitterBut our poll results show something else. And that has also to do with the fact that maybe, Priyanka Chopra was not able to carry her look off confidently. It was evident that she was uncomfortable, unlike Deepika Padukone who was confident.Who do you think wore it better for the MET Gala 2019 theme? Our poll is over but you can still comment on the story and tell us!The actresses though had a different look at the after-party where they were seen together. Take a look.
Share EPAAn EPA image of the “Many Diversified Interests” Superfund site in Houston’s 5th Ward.A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change.The testimony by EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Barry Breen before a House oversight subcommittee conflicts with the agency’s policy positions under President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax. Breen’s boss, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, is an ardent fossil fuel promoter who questions the validity of mainstream climate science.During a hearing Thursday, Rep. Jerry McNerney, a California Democrat, asked Breen whether extreme weather events like hurricanes and wildfires could damage the highly toxic sites and cause contamination to spread.“We have to respond to climate change, that’s just part of our mission set,” replied Breen, a career official who leads EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management. “So we need to design remedies that account for that. We don’t get to pick where Superfund sites are. We deal with the waste where it is.”There are more than 1,300 Superfund sites in the U.S.Under the Obama administration, EPA issued a robust plan for prioritizing cleanup and protection of toxic sites located in flood zones and areas vulnerable to sea level rise. However, a Superfund Task Force appointed by Pruitt last year issued a 34-page list of recommendations that makes no mention of climate change, flooding risks from stronger storms or rising seas.EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox did not respond to questions Thursday about whether Pruitt agreed with Breen’s testimony or precisely what the agency is currently doing to address to risks posed to Superfund sites by climate change.The Associated Press first reported in September that more than a dozen Superfund sites in the Houston area were flooded by heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey. Spills of potentially hazardous waste were reported at two of those sites, including a release of cancer-causing dioxin into the San Jacinto River.A subsequent AP review of EPA records and census data revealed that more than 2 million Americans live within a mile of 327 Superfund sites located in flood-prone areas or those at risk from rising sea levels.The Government Accountability Office told Congress earlier this month it was assigning investigators to study the risks to human health and the environment posed to Superfund sites by natural disasters.EPA’s 2014 Climate Adaptation Plan noted that prolonged flooding at low-lying Superfund sites could cause extensive erosion, carrying away contaminants as waters recede.Pruitt says he has made faster Superfund site cleanups a high priority for the agency. Pruitt’s task force on the issue is led by Albert “Kell” Kelly, a former Oklahoma banker with no experience as an environmental regulator.Kelly had been expected to testify at Thursday’s hearing, but was replaced by Breen due to what EPA told the House committee was a scheduling conflict.AP reported in August that Pruitt hired Kelly as a senior adviser at EPA after federal financial regulators cited Kelly for unspecified violations while serving as the top executive at a community bank in Oklahoma. Kelly previously served as chairman of Tulsa-based SpiritBank, which provided a $6.8 million financing when Pruitt and his business partners purchased Oklahoma City’s minor league baseball team in 2003.Asked by Democrats for details about why Kelly was barred by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from working for any U.S. financial institution, Breen said Thursday that Kelly had elected to settle the case against him and “is fully willing to discuss this matter.”An email and voicemail to Kelly seeking comment on Thursday received no response. Wilcox also did not respond to a request seeking details about why the FDIC barred Kelly from the banking industry.