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Stop What You’re Doing and Customize Your Dream Land Rover Defender

first_imgArkonik/FacebookArkonik is driven by a single goal: keeping Land Rover Defenders alive and well through handmade restoration, modernization, and customization.Over the last decade, the Arkonik team has traveled all over Europe looking for these timeless and seminal machines to rehabilitate and resell to in North America (yes, these puppies will get pass customs). Founded in 2007, the England-based company has since become specialists in the trade with three unique options.Arkonik/Facebook Arkonik/FacebookThe Arkonik’s Origins collection offers both the two-door, short-wheelbase Defender 90 and the bigger, stout-hearted Defender 110. A special line of Editions is “extensive back catalogue,” according to the company. Via the Bespoke option, you can completely customize the Defender 90 or 110 you’ve always fancied and pile on some additions to make the vehicle truly yours.The best part? Even if you aren’t in the market for a new car — the Defender 90 and Defender 110 start out at $99,999 and $110,000, respectively  — you can still play with the Origins online tool and virtually build your dream Land Rover.Arkonik/Facebook Arkonik/FacebookFirst, it’s time for the basics. You can pick from a selection of exterior paint colors, interiors, tires, rims, grilles, bumpers — you name it, and Arkonik has options.The comes the fun stuff. Arkonik also provides a plethora of amenities that can turn your desired Defender into reality, from Front Runner roof racks for easy gear transportation to fully loaded off-road kits for adventure into the wild. The customization process allows you to craft a Land Rover that best suits you and your lifestyle (or dreams).Arkonik/Facebook Arkonik/FacebookOther add-ons include storage space, bespoke interiors, modernized driver technology, and performance upgrades — for extra moolah, of course. But you can’t price on nostalgia with contemporary flare, can you?If you’re serious about snagging one of these custom jobs, get started now, because Arkonik has a turnover time of about 16 months.Feature image courtesy of Arkonik/Facebook. Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Chinas clampdown on lawyers and activists draws concern of UN human rights

“Civil society actors, from lawyers and journalists to NGO workers, have the right to carry out their work, and it is the States’ duty to support and protect them,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement.He raised such cases with Chinese officials in Geneva, and acknowledged their efforts to clarify the matters at issue. However, their responses indicate that the authorities “too often reflexively confuse the legitimate role of lawyers and activists with threats to public order and security,” he said. Police have detained about 250 human rights lawyers, legal assistants, and activists across the country since a nationwide crackdown began last July, although many were subsequently released. Last month, 15 additional human rights lawyers were formally arrested, 10 of them for the crime of ‘subversion of State power,’ which carries a sentence of 15 years to life in prison. Among those facing that particular charge are leading human rights lawyers Li Heping and Wang Yu.Lawyers should never have to suffer prosecution or any other kind of sanctions or intimidation for discharging their professional duties as they play an essential role in protecting human rights and the rule of law, Mr. Zeid said, urging China to release all immediately and without conditions. At the same time, he welcomed news of the release of two labour activists detained in Guangdong in December 2015, but noted some of their colleagues remain in detention.Disappearances of Booksellers Mr Zeid said he was also concerned by recent cases of disappearances of booksellers from Hong Kong. Five people from Causeway Bay Books – a shop that publishes books critical of the Chinese Government – have gone missing since last October, including Lee Bo, a British national, who, according to the Hong Kong police, told his wife that he was assisting with an investigation. Gui Minhai, a Swedish national, reappeared last month when he was presented on China state television. Gui, who went missing while in Thailand last October, “confessed” to a crime in the city of Ningbo in 2003. Chinese authorities confirmed this month that the three other booksellers were also being held and investigated for “illegal activities” in China. The human rights chief urged China to ensure a fair and transparent procedure for these cases. He also expressed concern about the case of Peter Dahlin, a Swedish citizen and co-founder of the legal-aid NGO “Chinese Urgent Action Working Group.” He was detained in early January and was the first foreigner to be held on charges of “endangering state security.”Method of ‘Confession’Dahlin, who was expelled from China in January, was also presented on state television, where he “confessed” to having breached Chinese law, Mr. Zeid said, stressing that he finds this method of “confession”, extracted during incommunicado detention and publicized on national television, very worrying as it clearly violates the right to fair trial. As part of a series of new laws governing national security in China, the Government is currently drafting new legislation which, if adopted, may have far-reaching implications for NGOs.More and more Governments worldwide are using national security measures to restrict the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and as a tool to target human rights defenders and silence critics, Mr. Zeid noted, emphasizing that security and human rights do not contradict each other, but rather complement and reinforce each other.At the same time, the human rights chief welcomed the recent enactment of a nation-wide law on domestic violence as an important step in strengthening legal protections for women in accordance with China’s international commitments. read more