first_img West Skincare Is the Best New Grooming Product Line for Active Guys Editors’ Recommendations Frustrated by the lack of yogic gear options for guys, longtime yogis Troy Eckert and Derek Sabori decided to launch KOZM, a new athletic brand dedicated to broadening the practice of yoga for men.“At the end of the day, it was the whole gamut: fit, style, aesthetic, the ethics behind the clothing,” Eckert said of his frustrations with male yogic apparel. “When I looked around, I didn’t see any clothing that truly spoke to me.”“I wanted gear that mirrored the practice itself, garments rooted in thoughtfulness and flexibility,” he continued. “I was uninspired by the style choices and realized it was time to go out and make what I wanted, which is how KOZM was born.”While developing a fit and structure ideal for men’s bodies has been a major focus of the new brand, Eckert explains that’s just one part of what he and Sabori are trying to do. The other piece is about challenging the perception of what it means to be a man practicing yoga.“It’s one of those things,” Eckert remarked. “It’s just so hard for guys to wrap their heads around yoga. They think they need to go to the gym or do crossfit to improve their fitness when, really, there’s a world of possibility out there.” “You go into the shala and I guarantee you will be completely humbled by how difficult it is,” he added. “Ultimately, we want to help make yoga not this thing that’s scary or embarrassing, but something that’s celebrated.”Both Eckert and Sabori are also dedicated to building a sustainable brand, so are keeping a tight focus on local production and ensuring that materials are coming from responsible sources.“If I’m going to wear yogic gear, I want it to be thoughtfully and responsibly made,” Eckert says. “From the garment all the way to who’s making the product, we want to offer our customers complete transparency.” In this spirit, KOZM products are currently only for sale through the brand’s website. These products include a selection of T-shirts ($42-44), caps ($32), yogic towels ($120) and bags ($42). Shorts will be coming this spring. Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America last_img read more

first_imgzoom Women seem to be blazing a new trail in marine engineering education in Oman, and the Middle East as more female students opt for this highly coveted profession.Mir and Hajar are graduates from the International Maritime College Oman (IMCO) in the Omani city of Sohar. They became friends after enrolling on a four-year bachelor’s degree programme in marine engineering.“Even in western countries there are not so many women engineers, so I feel privileged to have this opportunity. I enjoy the freedom it gives me and I want other women to follow in my footsteps,” says Mir, who like Hajar, is one of a hundreds of women to have graduate from the college earlier this year.Oman ratified the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women Treaty in 2006, though there are some remaining issues surrounding the adoption of the treaty and conformity with Islamic Law. However, while 29 percent of the Gulf state’s 1.3 million women are employed, securing a career in engineering is still far from straightforward.Namely, Oman Labour Law has put restrictions in place to avoid ‘problems’ and ‘complications’ when it comes to hiring women in certain industries and locations.In the case of female engineers, it remains the responsibility of the prospective employer to convince the Ministry of Manpower of the necessity of appointing a female engineer. Only when the ministry is convinced, will it issue clearances, and even then there is no guarantee of appointment.Despite these obstacles, Mir and Hajar have already secured placements in the industry – a testament to their fine standing within their cohort and the strong networks that the college has built over nine highly successful years.With students able to choose from courses in Marine Engineering, Process Operational Technology, Port Shipment and Transport Management, and Maritime Studies, they are also part of a generation of women who are slowly turning the tables in terms of tertiary education in the Gulf.The same can be said of Oman, where female literacy rates are in line with the global average, and where school life expectancy for women is at least 11 years. Yet, while 28 percent enrolment in tertiary education is respectable for the Middle East, Mir and Hajar are still in the minority, although this is something Head of Maritime Department at IMCO, Patrick Wells, said is definitely changing.“We have around 1,700 students at the moment and we fully expect that to grow to 2,000 when our new students join us in September. An increasing number of them will be young women who aspire to become leaders, and just like in other countries they are often among our best achievers,” he explains.“Unlike Mir and Hajar, most of these women will choose to study process operational technology, port, shipping and transport management, or maritime studies. Regardless of what they study, our aim will be to nurture them and ensure they get the support they need to survive in a highly demanding industry.“It can be quite a culture shock for some of our students, but our drop-out rate is very low,” he adds.As the only education and training institute in the GCC region to offer diplomas, degree programmes, and short courses to both male and female students seeking to gain entry into maritime, shipping, port, transport, and petrochemical industries, IMCO receives fee paying and government sponsored students.IMCO Head Mr. Wells says: “Whether male or female, when I send someone to sea, they need to be able to do a job. If they can’t they put their own safety and that of their peers in jeopardy, and so we treat everyone equally. We are the only school in the Gulf to send our trainees to sea so they can gain sufficient experience, and each year we help 85 percent of our students to secure industry leading training programmes. This has been one of the keys to our success, and is why my inbox is full of new enquiries for our graduates.”IMCO is owned by the Government of Oman and the STC Group in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.Press Releaselast_img read more

Swaminathan told the former LTTE members that some Tamil and Sinhalese groups are attempting to scuttle the peace in the country. He urged the rehabilitated LTTE members to live peacefully with all communities, including the Sinhalese communities.The educational tour is organised annually to promote reconciliation among the communities by bridging the gap between the North and the South. An event was held at the ‘Ape Gama’ premises in Battaramulla under the patronage of Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan, to welcome the rehabilitated ex LTTE members. A group of 34 rehabilitated ex LTTE members from the Poonthottam Rehabilitation Centre in Vavuniya participated in the tour. They arrived in Colombo today after visiting Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Kegalle.Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Major General Janaka Rathnayake, Minister Swaminathan’s Private Secretary Shane Dullewe and the officials of the Rehabilitation Ministry participated in the event. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today told a group of former LTTE cadres that the time has come to move forward following the end of the war.A group of rehabilitated former LTTE members visited Colombo today concluding their annual educational tour. The tour was organised by the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs. read more

first_imgMaddison Mills, eight, described the Duchess as being “very pretty”. “She seemed really worried that we had got cold waiting out for long to see them,” she said.Bruce Habberfield, 70, told the Duke how his father, Gordon, drove for his great-grandfather, King George VI, when he came to Calgary. “He seemed very touched,” he said.The Duchess took it in her stride when Charlene Silverfox, 43, grabbed her hands and started kissing them repeatedly.”Thank you for coming, thank you for coming, you are so beautiful,” she said.The Duchess stopped to chat to another group and told them: “Thank you for coming to see us. I know it’s so cold. We really appreciate it.” It was a cold day in Yukon, Canada, when the couple visitedCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duke and Duchess also followed in the footsteps of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh when they boarded an historic steam train on the White Pass and Yukon Route.The couple climbed through clouds of steam into the cab and took it in turns to loudly blow the whistle as they chatted to the driver.After hearing how his grandparents had travelled in the last carriage on the train, which was specially fitted out with a marble table for their 1959 visit, William gallantly helped his wife climb back down onto the tracks and they sidestepped along to the front of the engine. Fire pit in Whitehorse Carly Fredrickson, 22, from Whitehorse was among young people performing a street dance for the couple at a cultural centre in Whitehorse, the capital of Northern Territory Yukon.She said: “They were really impressed and they made jokes about how he’s a really good dancer and he wanted to get up and dance with us.”He said he has some moves and she agreed. He said he did want to get up and dance while we were performing.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walks beside a steam train in Carcross, Yukon, Canada  Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get off a steam train The couple with Doug Bell, who sent the telegram Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They stayed at the remarkably understated Coast High Country Inn in Yukon, just £95 a night and most notable for giant carved Mountie outside and a “hops and grub” pub.The Duke and Duchess had access to a jacuzzi bath, and they are likely to have seen the Northern Lights in starry Canadian skies.Earlier in the evening, they had been greeted by Rangers and junior rangers at Whitehorse airport in freezing temperatures.While their parents were away, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were treated to a low-key trip to the Beacon’s Hill Children’s Farm, where they could visit goats, pigs, sheep, chickens and llamas.   The Victoria tourist board tweeted: “Prince George & Princess Charlotte met the cute critters @bhchildrensfarm yesterday!” The visit yesterday is understood to have been a private occasion, with staff saying they had been banned from discussing it by Royal security.  Mr Bell said how he had met the Duke’s parents 1981 during a line up at a dinner in Ottawa.”I asked your father if he’d been to Yukon and he said no, and I said we ought to do something about that so I called the Governor General and we made arrangements.”Then I got a call saying ‘They can’t go, the Princess is pregnant’.””Wow, that must have been me, or Harry,” said the Duke, later learning that it had indeed been him. The Duke and Duchess spent time around a fire pit Credit:Mark Large /PA The event, at the MacBride Museum in Whitehorse, Yukon, also saw the Duke and Duchess join a group of local schoolchildren in a story-telling session, giggling as they read a tale starring “William the moose”.They met with Mike Parkhill, author of the children’s book ‘Hide and Peek’ which is used to teach children the native language Southern Tutchone in a programme  supported by the Prince of Wales’ charity Prince’s Charities Canada.The couple then walked through the wide streets of Whitehorse to a party in their honour, pausing to admire a totem pole en route. Emmie Campbell, four, gave the Duchess a picture she had drawn of herself with the Royal.”She asked me if that was me and her and seemed to really like it,” she said. The Duke and Duchess watched a presentation by children in a ceremony in Carcross, YukonCredit:Chris Wattie /Reuters The royal couple in Carcross, Yukon The Duchess greeted well-wishers in WhitehorseCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA The Duchess, who was wearing a bright red Carolina Herrera coat, said: “Wow that’s amazing.” Mr Bell, a former Commissioner of Yukon went on to tell the couple about the time he met the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. in the early 1980s when the Prince and Princess of Wales were in Ottawa. The Duke joked: “It seems pretty much everyone has met my family here!” The Duchess wore a Hobbs coat and carried a maple leaf tartan scarf, in a nod to her hosts.In the evening, they moved to a cultural performance at Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre featuring local musicians and First Nations. The Duke boasted he was tempted to get up and join in, joking he has “moves”. The couple met Doug Bell, who sent the telegramCredit:Chris Wattie/Reuters Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the MacBride Museum Afterwards, the couple followed in the exact footsteps of the Queen, posing for photographs outside the same door she had walked through.The Duke and Duchess signed the Museum’s virtual guest book via morse code, which was transmitted into a digital message and transmitted onto Twitter.”Ah, there’s a spelling mistake,” joked William as Doug Bell, a 90 year old former radio operator with the Department of Transport, typed out the message in morse code. Mr Bell last sent a telegram in 1947.The message read: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Whitehorse, Yukon, September 2016”. The Duke and Duchess watched a presentation by children in a ceremony in Carcross, Yukon The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the MacBride Museum in Whitehorse, Canada  The Duke and Duchess sent a message from the telegraph statoinCredit:Chris Wattie /Reuters The crowds were delighted to meet the DuchessCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess was wearing a Hobbs coat on her visit to WhitehorseCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA They showed their adventurous side as they exited a steam trainCredit:James Whatling  The couple also visited a gold rush town that had played host to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1959, when they delighted residents with a visit to their telegraph station.Today, her grandson and his wife, the Duke of Cambridge, made history of a very 21st century kind, after sending a telegraph message from the very station she visited – which was swiftly converted into a tweet.The Duke and Duchess sent the first ever “telegraph to tweet” message from Whitehorse, Yukon, watched over 90-year-old engineer who recalled the Queen’s visit fondly.The message was immediately broadcast around the world thanks to translating technology, which took two weeks for the technical staff at the station to perfect. The royal couple in Carcross, YukonCredit:Tim Rooke/REX / Shutterstock The Duchess was wearing a Hobbs coat on her visit to Whitehorse Their impromptu stop came at the foot of Montana Mountain, where they were meeting young mountain bikers at the bottom of a trail.Their host in Carcross, Chief Andy Carvill, 52, said: “The Duke asked if he could go in and they got inside the train and blew the steam whistle.“I told them about the Queen’s coach and they were pleased to hear that.”The Duke said: “It was amazing, it was something we will remember forever.”After their visit to Carcross, the couple will return to Prince George and Princess Charlotte in Victoria.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent a romantic night away from their children in the Canadian wilderness, with dancing, jacuzzis and a riverside fire.The Royal couple spend the night in Whitehorse, Yukon, in the north of Canada, watching a dance performance and spending sunset around a picturesque fire pit.For the first and only time in their nine-day trip, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were left back in Victoria, British Columbia, with their nanny, giving the Duke and Duchess time to enjoy the evening together. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout at the Main Street party in Whitehorse, Canadalast_img read more