The former owner of a Japanese macaque monkey found wandering around a Canadian Ikea store has appeared in court in an attempt to win back her beloved pet.
%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%The monkey found fame last year when he was spotted dashing about the lobby of an Ikea in the outskirts of Toronto. Wearing a little sheepskin jacket and a nappy, and looking a "little scared," the image of Darwin the monkey was captured on shoppers' mobile phones and tweeted around the world. One of them commented: "It was pretty surreal ... Who takes a money to Ikea?"
Keeping these monkeys as pets is against the law in Toronto, the Globe and Mail reported, and Darwin was taken to the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, in Sunderland, Ontario, around 100 kilometres away from Toronto to be looked after.
But Darwin's owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, has since been struggling with Canadian authorities for the right to take her monkey back home. She has already tried to reclaim him on an interim basis, but the request was denied. According to the Globe and Mail, although the case cannot be called a custody battle since it concerns a pet and not a child, Nakhuda claims the animal is one of the family.
Aarti Pole, a reporter for CBC, said Nakhuda had told the court her time with Darwin gave her the opportunity to experience motherhood again. She refers to herself as the pet's Mommy and has said she is prepared to move her family to a jurisdiction that permits keeping macaques as pets if she gets him back.
The court case is set to be heard over four days in total, with two more days scheduled for 10 and 11 June 10. Nakhuda, a real estate lawyer, and Darwin have attracted huge interest, partly through a Facebook page, Darling Darwin Monkey, which was set up to give a voice to her campaign. The case had to be moved to a bigger courtroom to accommodate the many people who have shown up to support Nakhuda.
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Not many companies have films made about them. But the story of social networking site Facebook attracted enough attention to interest Hollywood, resulting in the 2010 film The Social Network. The interest was not just due to the immense popularity of the Facebook website, which was created in its earliest form by Harvard University student Mark Zuckerburg in 2004, though. It was also a result of the legal wrangling between Zuckerburg and fellow Harvard students Divya Narendra and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who founded the social networking site ConnectU and accused Zuckerberg - who worked for them before creating Facebook - of copying their ideas and coding. In something of a damp squib ending, however, the case was dismissed due to a technicality in March 2007 without a ruling being made.
Most of the companies on this list are household names. However, comparatively few people have heard of Olam International, despite it being one of the world's largest agricultural commodity companies.
In fact, it produces enough cotton to keep everyone in the world in socks (three pairs per person, per year).
Fans of chocolate bars such as Mars are also sure to have consumed chocolate made from beans handled by Olam - they just don't realise it.
Headquartered in Singapore, Olam was founded in 1989. It now purchases ingredients such as coffee and cocoa from around 3.5 million smallholder famers based in emerging markets around the world. This enables it to work with communities in rural Africa and Asia on everything from productivity to environmental impact, resulting in a potentially huge impact on some of the world's poorest people.
Love them or hate them, Starbucks coffee shops are everywhere nowadays. Hardly surprising when you consider that the company has opened an average of two stores a day since 1987 (despite having to close some locations down too).
However, back in 1971 there was just one Starbucks coffee shop, in Seattle, Washington.
Named after Starbuck, the first mate on the whaling ship in the novel Moby Dick, the shop originally sold roasted coffee, but did not brew coffee to sell.
Now, though, you can get everything from a blueberry muffin to a mocha frappuccino from your local Starbucks store.
According to the company the white ribbon was introduced under the name in 1969. When competitors first entered the market, Coke made much of its curved bottle design which distinguished it from those that followed. As fewer and fewer people drank from bottles, the ribbon was produced as an alternative distinctive curve.
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