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Peter Frampton Reveals Reason For Farewell Tour

first_imgOn Friday, Peter Frampton revealed his plans for a 2019 farewell tour, dubbed Peter Frampton Finale. The tour, presented by SiriusXM, will feature support from Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening as well as from Frampton’s son, Julian, and the Julian Frampton Band. The tour will kick off at Tulsa, OK’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on June 18th and extend through the summer and fall before wrapping up on October 12th at San Francisco, CA’s Concord Pavilion.While “farewell” tours have been annoyingly common in recent years, and usually not to be taken seriously, Frampton revealed in an interview with CBS This Morning the reasoning behind the final tour. Frampton has been diagnosed with inclusion body myositis, an incurable inflammatory condition that slowly degenerates the muscles. As a result of the sad news, Frampton has been recording as much music as possible before the disease catches up to him.“Between October and two days ago, we’ve done like 33 new tracks,” he said in the interview. “I just want to record as much as I can, you know, now, for obvious reasons.”“Going upstairs and downstairs is the hardest thing for me,” he continued. “I’m going to have to get a cane … and then the other thing I noticed, I can’t put things up over my head.”Frampton was diagnosed with the disease after a fall on stage about three and a half years ago, but started feeling the effects this past fall.“What will happen, unfortunately, is that it affects the finger flexors,” he said. “That’s the first telltale sign is the flexors, you know. So for a guitar player, it’s not very good.”While the symptoms have intensified, they thankfully haven’t fully affected his guitar playing.“But in a year’s time, maybe not so good … I’m a perfectionist and I do not want to go out there and feel like, ‘Oh I can’t, this isn’t good.’ That would be a nightmare for me,” he said. “I’ve been playing guitar for 60 years. Started when I was eight and now I’m 68. So, I’ve had a very good run.”Frampton is defining the situation as “life-changing”, not “life-threatening”, and assures fans the integrity behind this tour is positive. “The reason I’m calling it the ‘farewell tour,’ again, is because I know that I will be at the top of my game for this tour and I will make it through this and people won’t be saying, ‘Oh you know, he can’t play as good.’ I can. But we just don’t know for how long.”He continues with hope, “If this is the farewell tour, then maybe if the drug trial works, there’ll be the miracle tour … I wish but I’m realistic, too, so that’s why we’re really – this really is the farewell tour.”Watch the entire interview below:[Video: CBS This Morning]last_img read more

Gould student wins Latham & Watkins award

first_imgScholarly · Joseph Porter won a diversity scholarship Thursday.– Photo courtesy of Joseph PorterJoseph Porter IV, a second-year student at the Gould School of Law, won a 2L Diversity Scholarship from the global law firm, Latham & Watkins, on Thursday.The firm reviewed nearly 300 applications coming from 90 U.S. law schools. A Yale undergraduate and currently member of the Gould School class of 2017, Porter was one of 10 law students chosen to receive this award.The 2L Diversity Scholarship is one of the firm’s signature initiatives. It includes a $10,000 stipend and a position as a summer associate at Latham & Watkins. This program was implemented in 2005, and since then, it has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to law students throughout the U.S. The application had students detail their academic and leadership achievements, their previous work and personal experiences, and their commitment to diversity. Other scholarship winners include students from Columbia University, Northwestern University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Maryland and the University of Virginia.Manu Gayatrinath, a partner of the firm and the chair of the recruiting committee, said the program aims to provide diverse law students a way to pursue their careers and increase the diversity in the profession.“It’s really just supposed to be a way for Latham to be at the forefront of ensuring that we’re increasing diversity in the legal profession overall, not just the firm,” she said.According to Gayatrinath, the law profession tends to be lagging in terms of diversity.“We really strongly believe that one of the major ways that we can really broaden this community and to have a better voice in this community is by ensuring that we have various viewpoints reflected in all of our teams,” she said. “Over and over again it’s been proven that diversity really leads to better problem solving.”During the competitive application process, the firm looks for students who have had different experiences from other students at major universities and who show the firm’s values of excellence and character in their personal and work experiences.“The 10 students we selected represent the very brightest future of our profession,” Bill Voge, chair of Latham & Watkins, wrote on the firm’s website. “Each one possesses a tremendous amount of talent, tenacity, ambition and dedication to the law.”Porter was initially offered an intern position at Latham & Watkins after he applied in August. Impressed by his application, the firm sent him an email suggesting that he apply for the scholarship, and the very next day he was contacted saying he had won. Porter thought it was a mixture of his previous work experience and his passion for advocating for diversity that got him the scholarship.“They saw that I was well-rounded and a good person to have working [at their firm], not [that I was] only diverse,” he said.After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University in 2011, Porter worked for three years as a business analyst at Deloitte in New York City. Soon after, he decided it was time to come back home to Southern California. A second- generation Trojan, Porter said the USC emphasis on diversity played a big role in his decision of coming here.“I don’t think I can speak directly at the undergrad level … but law school generally is not very good at getting diverse candidates, and I think USC is doing a good job in focusing in diversity and making it important to them,” Porter said.Porter also believes that the law industry tends to be mostly white and uniform. As part of both the Black Law Students Association and the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, he is looking to inspire others to make the legal workspace more diverse. He believes law firms can benefit from diversifying, like Latham & Watkins is doing through its scholarship program.“I’m working in making initiatives that will help more black law school students come to the law firm,” he said. “Having more diverse people helps provide different perspectives because legal work can be really collaborative, and you can understand different points [of view]. All around, having a more diverse community will better the legal work space that you can provide.”Porter will be interning at Latham & Watkins for 10 weeks during the summer of 2016 and hopes to get a full-time position when he graduates from USC in May 2017.last_img read more

Game Insight and ESL partner to launch Guns of Boom esports

first_imgMarking the first anniversary of the mobile shooter Guns of Boom being released, developer Game Insight has partnered with ESL to launch the inaugural esports season.The season has a $200,000 (£148,495) prize pool, and will see both North American and European teams initially compete through open cups hosted by ESL.Players who have reached level 22 in-game are eligible to partcipate in the first round Go4 Open Cups, played in Guns of Boom’s PRO Play mode which was designed with esports teams to create a ‘fair and balanced environment for competitive play.’Nikita Sherman, Head of Strategy at Game Insight had his say on the game’s leap into esports: “The growth in esports momentum is the most exciting thing to happen to video games in a decade. Even though much of the focus today is on PC and console, mobile esports is set to make a huge impact on the competitive landscape. We’re ecstatic to have found a partner in ESL who is ready to pioneer the early days of mobile esports with us, and that starts this summer with our $200,000 inaugural season for Guns of Boom.”As well as ESL’s open cups, players will compete in two different continents. There will be a Guns of Boom European Invitational involving four teams in Katowice, Poland on July 29th, which will lead to eight teams facing off in Los Angeles, US to be crowned the Guns of Boom 1st Season Champion.Anatoly Ropotov, CEO of Game Insight discussed the game’s first esports experience with ESL: “From its very first day, Guns of Boom has been all about one thing: competition. After a year of refining the experience and working with leading members of the esports community, we’re finally ready to kick off our first major eSport season with ESL. Guns of Boom had a tremendous first year, reaching nearly 50 million players. Now let’s see how many of them are ready to go pro!”Esports Insider says: Mobile esport titles are becoming more and more popular, and we’re happy to see another game enter the fray. Game Insight picked a good partner in ESL, so it has some capable support leading into its first esports experience.last_img read more