Reebok and JJJJound’s Classic Leather Nylon Collab Model Is Releasing Again

Reebok and JJJJound have finally unveiled their new collaborative silhouette, which sees the Montreal-based design studio reinvent Reebok’s historic Classic leather Nylon retro runner in a clean new design.

The Classic Leather Nylon is an 80’s classic steeped in Reebok’s fitness heritage, that today offers a breadth staple models for contemporary lifestyle wardrobes. The understated classic resonates with JJJJound’s own refined attention to detail, with the 2020 collbaoration staying true to both the model and studio’s minimalist form.

JJJJound’s paper white, chalk and beige spin on the classic silhouette removes all Reebok branding, removing the tongue label and replacing Reebok’s window box Union Jack and wordmark with its own.

The model’s white nylon upper and garment leather side stripe is wrapped in ultra-suede overlays at the cross check, vamp and heel, seated atop a paper white midsole and utility beige rubber outsole that cleanly matches the sneaker’s beige terry sockliner. 

The model is one of the cleanest collab releases of the year, and is receiving a release on the Reebok website after becoming the latest highly-coveted model worked up by JJJJound, following the release of their much-hyped New Balance collaboration.

The FW20 JJJJound x Reebok Classic Leather Nylon will be available on October 26 via Reebok.com – get a closer look at the model below. 

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IBM is a step closer to developing accurate AI prediction model for Alzheimer’s

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IBM has partnered with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to design an artificial intelligence (AI) model to predict the eventual onset of the neurological disease seven years before symptoms appear.

Alzheimer’s is currently incurable and is often diagnosed too late to prevent it from accelerating. Symptoms for the disease include the gradual degradation of memory, confusion, and difficulty in completing once-familiar daily tasks.   

Published in The Lancet eClinical Medicine, the researchers used small samples of language data from clinical verbal tests provided by the Framingham Heart Study, a long-term study that has been tracking the health of more than 5,000 people and their families since 1948, to train the AI models.

The AI model’s ability was then verified against data samples from a group of healthy individuals who eventually did and did not develop the disease later in life. For example, if the AI model analysed a speech sample from a participant at the age of 65 and predicted they would develop Alzheimer’s by the age of 85, researchers were then able to check records to determine if and when a diagnosis had actually occurred. 

Read more: How AI can help diagnose neurological disease (TechRepublic)

According to Big Blue, the outcome of this research was significantly better than predictions based on clinical scales, a prediction based on other available biomedical data from a patient, as that only had an accuracy rate of 59%. 

IBM added that unlike past studies, this new one focused on individuals that started to show symptoms or had a genetic history associated with the disease and only examined healthy individuals with no other risk factors.

“In partnership with our colleagues from Pfizer, we saw the potential to develop AI models which — if continued to be trained on expanded, robust and diverse datasets — could one day be used to develop methods to more accurately predict Alzheimer’s disease within a large population, including individuals with no current indicators of the disease, no family history of the disease, or signs of cognitive decline,” IBM said.

IBM said the ability to identify higher-risk patients could potentially lead to successful clinical trials for preventative therapies.

“Ultimately, we hope this research will take root and aid in the future development of a more simple, straightforward and easily accessible tool to help clinicians assess a patient’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease, through the analysis of speech and language in conjunction with a number of other facets of an individual’s health and biometrics,” the company said.

This latest research is part of IBM’s ongoing research into Alzheimer’s disease. In 2018, the tech giant introduced machine learning to the diagnostics field in the hopes that one day it could assist in the creation of stable and effective diagnostic tests for early-onset of the disease.

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Florida model grabs gun, defends family from armed home intruders (video)

Newly released video shows an Instagram model grabbing a gun and defending her family from armed intruders at her Florida home.

WPLG-TV reports Ansley Pacheco, 26, sprung into action when two masked robbers ambushed her husband and friends while they were watching the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals earlier this month. The suspects grabbed a guest who had pulled into the driveway at their Miami-Dade County home and forced their way inside with guns.

“While I was in the bathroom, I started to hear the commotion, I started hearing, ‘Get down, get down, give me everything you got,’” Pacheco told the TV station.

“I went to the nightstand; I grabbed the gun and I opened the door. I saw one of the guys face to face with me. He told me to put my gun down. I just shook my head no, and then I said, ‘Don’t shoot me, my son is in here!’”

They exchanged gunfire, which was caught on surveillance video released Tuesday.

Pacheco told Inside Edition the suspects shot at her “six or seven times” and she fired back.

“They could’ve killed me, and they could’ve killed my son. They were shooting right over his head. They didn’t care,” she said. “I just knew that I had to do something, and my first instinct was to grab the gun and defend my husband and my son.”

The robbers reportedly fled the scene after stealing some watches and jewelry. The suspects are still at large.

No one was injured in the incident.

Pacheco, who has more than 160,000 followers on Instagram and posts videos on the adult website OnlyFans, said their home is now riddled with bullet holes. It’s unclear if the gunmen knew her.

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Marge Champion, Famed Dancer and Snow White Model, Dead at 101

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Marge Champion, the legendary dancer, actress and model for Disney’s character Snow White, has died. She was 101.

The Broadway star and Emmy-winning choreographer died Wednesday in Los Angeles, dance instructor Pierre Dulaine confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Born Majorie Celeste Belcher on Sept. 2, 1919 in Hollywood, the star found a love for dance at an early age. Her father, Ernest Belcher, founded the Celester School of Dance, where he taught stars like Shirley Temple and Fred Astaire.

Belcher was also friends with Walt Disney, which led the animation team working on 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to study Champion’s movements on a soundstage to make the fictional princess move realistically.

RELATED: Remembering the Stars We’ve Lost in 2020

Champion also modeled for other Disney classics including the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio (1940), Hyacinth Hippo in Fantasia (1940) and Mr. Stork in Dumbo (1941), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actress married Gower Champion, a student of her father’s, in 1947 and the two went on to star in several MGM musical movies together.

The pair also choreographed Broadway musicals including the Small Wonder and Make a Wish and she served as Gower’s assistant on the original Hello, Dolly! which premiered in 1964.

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She made her Broadway debut in 1945 as The Fair Witch in Dark Side of the Moon and later starred in the 1946 musical Beggar’s Holiday.

RELATED: In the Heights Broadway Star Doreen Montalvo Dies at 56: She ‘Could Do Anything’

Champion also formed an act with Gower called Gower & Bell and the two played nightclubs and co-starred with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on NBC’s The Admiral Broadway Revue.

The pair divorced in 1973 and she married her third husband, director Boris Sagal in 1977. Before marrying Gower she was married to top Disney animator Art Babbitt from 1937 to 1940, according to USA Today.

Champion also acted in two 1968 movies, The Swimmer and The Party.

She later had a brief role as a ballet teacher on a 1982 episode of Fame. Years later, in 2001, she appeared as Emily Whitman in the Broadway revival of Follies.

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UAB vs. Louisiana odds, line: 2020 college football picks, Week 8 predictions from proven computer model

The UAB Blazers will take on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at 8 p.m. ET on Friday at Legion Field. UAB is 3-1 overall and 3-0 at home, while Louisiana is 3-0 overall and 2-0 on the road. The programs look like two of the best Group of Five programs in the country this season and this is the seventh time the two teams have gone head-to-head with UAB holding a 4-2 all-time lead in the series. UAB is 2-2 against the spread so far in 2020, while Louisiana is 1-3 against the spread after failing to cover in each of its last three games since upsetting Iowa State as an 11.5-point underdog on Sept. 12. 

The Blazers are favored by one point in the latest UAB vs. Louisiana odds from William Hill. The over-under for total points is set at 49.5. Before entering any Louisiana vs. UAB picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,100 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 25-13 on top-rated picks through seven weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $700 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on UAB vs. Louisiana. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college football odds for Louisiana vs. UAB:

  • UAB vs. Louisiana spread: UAB -1
  • UAB vs. Louisiana over-under: 49.5 points
  • UAB vs. Louisiana money line: UAB -115, Louisiana -105

What you need to know about UAB

A well-balanced attack led the Blazers over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers every single quarter on their way to victory last Saturday. UAB blew past WKU 37-14. The game was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point UAB had established a 34-14 advantage. They can attribute much of their success to running back DeWayne McBride, who rushed for one TD and 131 yards on 10 carries. That touchdown — a 71-yard rush in the second quarter — was one of the highlights of the matchup.

The UAB defense has really found its rhythm since giving up 492 yards in their loss to Miami (FL) earlier this year. They’ve given up 315 yards or less in each of the last three games and allowed just 3.7 yards per play against the Hilltoppers last week. The Blazers have 15 sacks this season and have forced 11 turnovers already this season.

What you need to know about Louisiana

Meanwhile, the Ragin’ Cajuns scored first but ultimately less than the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in their contest last Wednesday as Louisiana fell in a 30-27 heartbreaker. The contest was a 13-13 tie at halftime, but they were outplayed the rest of the way. Louisiana’s defeat came about despite

Actress who was model for Disney’s Snow White dies at 101

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Marge Champion, pictured in 2012, modelled for the Snow White animation team from the age of 14

Marge Champion, who served as the real-life model for Walt Disney’s Snow White, has died at the age of 101.

The actress was also well known for starring alongside her husband and dance partner Gower Champion in a string of MGM musicals in the 1950s.

She later won an Emmy Award for choreographing the 1975 TV film Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.

She died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, dance instructor Pierre Dulaine confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Marge and Gower Champion danced together in TV shows, Broadway musicals and films such as George Sidney’s 1951 remake of Show Boat, which also starred Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson and Ava Gardner.

The couple were also seen together in Mr Music (1950) starring Bing Crosby, Lovely to Look At (1952), Give a Girl a Break (1953) and Jupiter’s Darling (1955).

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Marge and Gower Champion performed together in several musicals and films

Marge Champion was born Marjorie Celeste Belcher in Hollywood in 1919. Her father was dance and ballet teacher Ernest Belcher, who was friends with Walt Disney.

When Disney’s animation team were working on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, they studied a young Marge’s movements on a sound stage in order to make the character move more realistically.

From the age of 14, Champion would work with them for one or two days per month for two years, during which time she was paid $10 per day.

“None of them [the all-male animation team] had been a young girl or knew how a dress would do this or that or the other thing,” she explained in a 1998 interview with the Archive of American Television.

Released in 1937, the groundbreaking film was the first full-length animated feature to be made by a US studio, and became a box office sensation.

Champion also served as a model for the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, Hyacinth Hippo in Fantasia, and Mr Stock in Dumbo.

Gower and Marge Champion married in 1947, but divorced in 1973. Gower died in 1980 at the age of 61.

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Wisconsin vs. Illinois odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from model on 25-13 run

Teams looking to kick off their season with a victory meet in Big Ten action on Friday night when the Illinois Fighting Illini take on the 14th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers. This is the latest starting date to a season in Illinois history. The previous latest was Oct. 19, 1907. This will be Wisconsin’s latest start to a season since 1918, when it was delayed by the Spanish flu pandemic to Oct. 26. The Badgers will be without senior starting quarterback Jack Coan, who is expected to miss most of the season with a foot injury he sustained during preseason practice.

Kickoff from Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., is set for 8 p.m. ET. Wisconsin leads the all-time series 42-37-7, including a 23-16-4 edge in games played in Madison. The Badgers are 19.5-point favorites in the latest Illinois vs. Wisconsin odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 51.5. Before making any Wisconsin vs. Illinois picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,100 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 25-13 on top-rated picks through seven weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $700 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Illinois vs. Wisconsin. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Wisconsin vs. Illinois:

  • Illinois vs. Wisconsin spread: Wisconsin -19.5
  • Illinois vs. Wisconsin over-under: 51.5 points
  • Illinois vs. Wisconsin money line: Illinois +750, Wisconsin -1200
  • ILL: Has more seniors on the 2020 roster (25) than in 2018 and 2019 combined (21)
  • WIS: Was 23rd in the nation, averaging 34.1 points per game in 2019

Why Wisconsin can cover

With Coan, a 14-game starter a year ago, out indefinitely, the Badgers will turn to redshirt freshman Graham Mertz. Mertz will become the first Wisconsin freshman to start a season opener at quarterback since John Josten opened vs. Richmond in 1978. As a true freshman, Mertz made two appearances in the late stages of nonconference games. He was 4-for-5 for 35 yards against Central Michigan, and 5-for-5 for 38 yards vs. Kent State.

With running back Jonathan Taylor leaving for the NFL after a decorated three-year career at Wisconsin, the Badgers enter the season without a running back on the depth chart who owns a 100-yard game in his career. That hasn’t happened since 2006. A number of backs will look to step up, however, including senior Garrett Groshek, a versatile third-down back a year ago who is the team’s second-leading returning rusher and receiver. The former walk-on carried 42 times for 194 rushing yards and averaged 10 yards per catch on 29 receptions.

Why Illinois

Marge Champion Dead: ‘Snow White’ Model and Dancer Was 101

Marge Champion, a dancer and actor who served as the real-life model for Disney’s 1937 animated classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” died on Wednesday in Los Angeles, according to The New York Times. She was 101.

Champion and her husband, Gower Champion, also had great success as dance partners and choreographers for Broadway musicals, films and television shows. Champion won an Emmy award in 1975 for choreographing the television movie “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.”

Marge and Gower Champion most notably danced together in multiple MGM musicals, including the 1951 remake of “Show Boat” starring Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson and Ava Gardner.

In addition to “Snow White,” Champion’s elegant dance moves served as the inspiration for the Blue Fairy in “Pinocchio” and the tutu-wearing hippo ballerinas in the “Dance of the Hours” number in “Fantasia.”

The Champions danced across television screens in the late 1940s and 1950s, first appearing in “Admiral Broadway Revue” with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on NBC. Their performances sparkled with built-in narratives, touches of parody and hints of nostalgia. They also were featured on “The Bell Telephone Hour,” “General Electric Theater,” “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Dinah Shore Chevy Show.” The received their own sitcom, “The Marge and Gower Champion Show” in 1957.

Champion’s film credits include “Mr. Music,” “Show Boat,” “Lovely to Look At,” “I Won’t Dance” and “Everything I Have Is Yours.” On Broadway, she performed in “Make a Wish,” “Dark of the Moon” and “Beggar’s Holiday.” She also taught dance and choreography in New York and was a member of the Tony Awards nominating committee.

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P-TECH high school model connects students to college and careers

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In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama highlighted an innovative educational program called P-TECH – an acronym for Pathways in Technology Early College High School.

The first P-TECH school opened in Brooklyn, New York, in 2011. It was profiled in a 2014 cover story in Time magazine as “The School That Will Get You a Job.”

Obama stated that all students should have educational opportunities such as P-TECH. What makes the school unique is that students can earn an associate degree at no cost while still in high school. Students at the schools get the opportunity to compete for paid industry internships. They are also given mentors and a clear pathway from school to college to career with a commitment from business partners like IBM that they are first in line for available jobs.

Now, nearly a decade later, there are over 200 P-TECH schools throughout the United States and in 22 countries around the world. Collectively, the schools serve over 150,000 students.

My familiarity with P-TECH is not as one who merely read about the school or heard President Obama talk about it on TV. When I served as vice president of corporate affairs at IBM in 2010, I had the opportunity to design P-TECH and help launch and replicate it.

Two founders of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School sit at a table and talk.Two founders of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School sit at a table and talk.
Two founders of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School sit at a table and talk.

In my forthcoming book – co-authored by Tina Kelley, a former reporter with The New York Times – we will tell the P-TECH story and its ability to help reverse educational inequality over a half-century after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling that banned segregation in America’s public schools.

Positive findings

The academic success that students in the program have achieved was recently highlighted in a federally funded evaluation performed by MDRC, a nonprofit organization that conducts education and social policy research. Among other things, the MDRC report contains “encouraging early findings” about how P-TECH is working in terms of helping students move from high school to college and career.

In particular, the report found that the increased accumulation of career and technical education and other nonacademic credits is “evidence that these schools are providing students with greater levels of career-related exposure than students enrolled in other schools.” It also said the variety of career and technical education courses suggests that P-TECH schools are “providing different and potentially more modern career experiences.”

Students at the initial school in Brooklyn, now in its ninth year, have community college completion rates four times higher than the national average. But how are P-TECH schools faring when it comes to matters of racial equity and inclusion?

Open to all

The student population at the initial P-TECH school is 100% students of color and overwhelmingly low-income, with significant numbers of students performing below grade level upon entry. Unlike New York City’s other high-quality, high-performing

Tesla releases new Model Y Shanghai factory pictures ahead of production start

Tesla has released new pictures of the Model Y factory at Shanghai Gigafactory ahead of the start of production.

The start of Model Y production in Shanghai is considered critical to Tesla’s growth.

There’s no doubt that the Chinese market has become extremely important to automaker and Tesla has taken full advantage of it by becoming the first foreign automaker to have a wholly-owned factory in the country.

Tesla started by producing the Model 3 at its Gigafactory in Shanghai, but Model Y is expected to have even higher demand in China. The Model Y is going to compete with several small electric SUVs and crossovers from EV startups like Nio and Xpeng.

Now with the release of its Q3 2020 financial results, Tesla has shared some progress on bringing Model Y to production at Gigafactory Shanghai:

“We are currently building Model Y capacity at Gigafactory Shanghai, Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Texas, and remain on track to start deliveries from each location in 2021”

The automaker also released new pictures of the new Model Y factory being built at the Gigafactory Shanghai site.

Tesla Model Y Factory at Gigafactory Shanghai

The main building in the forefront is the new Model Y factory with the Model 3 factory in the background.

Tesla has also released new pictures of the diecast machines being installed for Model Y production:

Tesla has also already deployed many robots for the body manufacturing of the electric SUV in Shanghai:

Finally, the automaker has also the first pictures of the Model Y paint shop in the new factory:

Tesla says that the Model Y production at Gigafactory Shanghai is expected to start in 2021 and that’s expected to be early in 2021.

The automaker currently claims a 250,000-vehicle annual production rate with the Model 3 alone in Shanghai.

With Model Y, Tesla is expected to more than double that production rate.

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