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Coconut Milk Producer Hit by Monkey Labour Accusation by PETA

A top coconut milk producer in Thailand has reported a sharp drop in sales after an animal rights group PETA accused the industry of using monkey labour. Theppadungporn Coconut Co said, its now auditing plantations to assure monkeys are not being used.

Several British retailers pulled Thai coconut products from their shelves earlier this month after a report by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals. Consequently PETA has alleged that coconuts in Thailand are mainly picked by abused monkeys.

“We saw sales fall 20 to 30% [from last year] after PETA’s accusations,” said Aphisak Theppadungporn, managing director of Theppadungporn Coconut Co. Ltd.  The company is also of Thailand’s top producers and exporters which makes Chaokoh coconut milk.

Carrie Symonds, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancée has welcomed pledges from Thailand to stop selling coconut products that use monkey labour. She has also urged others to follow suit over monkey labour.

Peta has also rejected the Thai government’s claim that use of monkeys was almost “non-existent”. Its report said the majority of Thai coconuts were harvested by monkeys caught from the wild.

Coconuts are overwhelmingly collected by humans not monkeys

Mr Aphisak said evidence and documents were being prepared for customers in its main markets, and also for Peta. Above all to show monkeys were not involved in Theppadungporn Coconut products.

It started auditing plantations in January and of the more than 100 checked by a third party so far. Furthermore none were found to have used monkeys, Mr Aphisak told the Bangkok Post.

Coconuts are overwhelmingly collected by humans using poles, Mr Aphisak and the Thai authorities have said.

Thailand last year produced more than 806,000 tonnes of coconut and exported coconut milk worth nearly $400 million. Approximately 8% of of coconut and exported coconut milk go to Britain.

Wirat Saengjun, owner of a plantation in Samut Songkram close to Bangkok, said he was now selling about half the number of coconuts at half of the price of earlier in the year, forcing him to reduce his workforce.

“Coconut milk is not selling very well. It’s probably from the news,” he said, referring to the PETA report.

Actions by PETA called into question

PETA is an animal rights organization — one of the largest and most influential in the world. They have a history of using impactful and very visible campaigns carried out on behalf of animals.

Yet PETA casts a very dark shadow, riddled with stories about needless euthanization, manipulation, and even Eco-terrorism. Even among other animal activists, PETA’s ways are disliked.

Some believe PETA has had a long history of weaponizing and exploiting the oppression of marginalized minorities to forward their animal advocacy. Even perpetrating this oppression countless times.

Let’s see why there is so much controversy surrounding them. We have added links on accusations towards PETA.

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Refugee educator fired for ‘monkey’ racist insult at Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the biggest star on the Greek national team

A Greek official responsible for educating refugees was fired on Friday for making racist comments about Greek professional basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose parents emigrated from Nigeria to the country.

Konstantinos Kalemis, the coordinator for refugee education in the Malakassa camp north of Athens, called Antetokounmpo a “monkey” on Twitter after the NBA Most Valuable Player denounced racism in Greek society.

Kalemis later deleted the post but the original comment was unacceptable to Education Minister Niki Kerameus.

“We unequivocally condemn the racist and highly offensive messages of this educator. Such behaviour has no place in our education system,” Kerameus tweeted.

In the documentary, on American website Bleacher Report, Antetokounmpo said: “Greece is a country of whites, where the life of a man of my skin colour can be difficult. You can find yourself in different neighbourhoods and face a lot of racism.”

Since 2015, Greece has allowed the children of immigrants to apply for Greek citizenship but a recent report found the process was cumbersome and slow.

“While (citizenship) should normally take between six months and a year, the wait for the final decision can be up to four years,” said the NGO report.

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No TikTok Monkey Business for Nano Spinoff Banano (BAN)

If you thought the crypto revolution was coming, then it’s no surprise that it’s coming with memes. The parody cryptocurrency Banano is embracing the popularity of crypto on the social media site TikTok.

Last week the world’s favorite joke cryptocurrency, Dogecoin

BUY NOW, pumped massively with help from TikTok users. The Doge gained almost $250 million in market cap thanks to the move. So who’s up next? Well, the fruit-themed Banano coin is not here to monkey around.

In a recent post, the Banano team announced their arrival on TikTok, explicitly stating they aren’t here for the next pump and dump. Based on recent memes, their aspirations include free airdrops and the lofty ideal of reaching the number one spot on CoinMarketCap’s cryptocurrency rankings by Q4 2021.

That may just be some additional humor but Banano also exists as a vehicle to teach people about blockchain technology, and hopefully have some fun in the process.

Outpumping Nano

Banano forked from the cryptocurrency Nano in April 2018. As Twitter user @mikeinspace pointed out recently, Banano has been outperforming its parent chain Nano quite considerably.

Nano is the 66th largest cryptocurrency by market cap on CoinMarketCap. And just like Nano, Banano facilitates instant transactions for free. It’s also not mined. Where it differs, though, is through its website and social media channels which almost exclusively contain monkey and banana-themed jokes.

Banano’s price is up around 16% for the month, at the time of writing. It is by no means the only banana-themed coin in the bunch, though it may be the most successful. Bananapepe (BANAPEPE), BananaBits (NANAS), and Banancoin (BCO) have all graced the internet at some point or another.

The project’s white paper, which is actually a ‘yellowpaper™,’ features a yellow Pepethefrog and a concise abstract: Don’t let memes be your dreams. It lists all the advantages of Banano including the obvious fact that it started as a joke.

On Twitter, Bananaodev points out that the purpose of Banano isn’t exactly a parody, but a gimmick to engender adoption of the DAG ecosystem (a type of technology that facilitates both Nano and Banano).

In fact, Banano’s purpose is to do good in the world. According to their explanation at Bitcointalk, Banano uses tipbots on social media to help newbies:

“make the start with crypto as easy as possible, use a fun attitude and gamification to get new users started without all the usual hassle, and then educate them to handle crypto in general in a responsible way.”

The Reddit, Telegram, and Discord channels place faucets, airdrops, and other ways to get free Banano up front and center. Besides plenty of memes that are as bright and flashy as kids’ cartoons, each wallet address also generates monKEYS: crypto-kitty-like visual representations of wallet keys.

Banano features
Source: banano.cc

The Meme Revolution

It must be working since its Discord has a rather impressive 22,000 users. In that sense, Banano has garnered enough attention to attract a sizeable community. In some circles, the financial success of gags and supposedly worthless tokens reminds crypto fans of the wild west of 2017.

DeFi protocol Compound Finance raised eyebrows when it’s token rose 422% in a matter of days. Just this week, in fact, a new DeFi token pumped a staggering 4000%, even after its creator announced it was worthless and told people not to trade it.

Does a strong month for Banano mark a renaissance of unbridled enthusiasm in coins that are less than serious? Unlikely, since Banano’s price is not totally out of control. In terms of cryptocurrencies that began as jokes, Banano does serve a purpose.

That may make it a very distant runner-up to spoof coins following Dogecoin. With a market cap of only $1.3 million, and most of the coins still out of circulation, Banano is worth at least keeping on the backburner, if only for the potassium.



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Thai coconut milk maker says monkey labor accusation slashed sales

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SAMUT SONGKRAM — Thai coconut milk producer, Theppadungporn Coconut, suffered a sharp drop in sales after an animal rights groups accused the industry of using monkey labor, an executive said, adding it was auditing plantations to show animals were not used.

Several British retailers pulled Thai coconut products from their shelves earlier this month after a report by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) alleged that coconuts in Thailand are picked by abused monkeys.

“We saw sales fall 20 to 30% (from last year) after the news,” said Aphisak Theppadungporn, managing director of Theppadungporn Coconut Co. Ltd, one of Thailand’s biggest producers and exporters which makes Chaokoh coconut milk.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds had welcomed pledges to stop selling coconut products that use monkey labor, and urged others to follow suit.

PETA has rejected the Thai government’s claim that use of monkeys was almost “non-existent.” Its report said the majority of Thai coconuts were harvested by monkeys caught from the wild.

Aphisak said evidence and documents were being prepared for customers in its main markets, and for PETA, to show monkeys were not involved in Theppadungporn Coconut products.

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Coconut milk maker hit by monkey labour accusation

A monkey picks coconuts at the Khlong Noi Monkey Training School in Muang district, Surat Thani province, in October last year. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
A monkey picks coconuts at the Khlong Noi Monkey Training School in Muang district, Surat Thani province, in October last year. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

SAMUT SONGKHRAM: A coconut milk producer, Theppadungporn Coconut, suffered a sharp drop in sales after an animal rights groups accused the industry of using monkey labour, an executive said, adding it was auditing plantations to show animals were not used.

Several British retailers pulled Thai coconut products from their shelves earlier this month after a report by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) alleged that coconuts in Thailand are picked by abused monkeys.

“We saw sales fall 20 to 30% [from last year] after the news,” said Aphisak Theppadungporn, managing director of Theppadungporn Coconut Co. Ltd, one of Thailand’s biggest producers and exporters which makes Chaokoh coconut milk.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds had welcomed pledges to stop selling coconut products that use monkey labour, and urged others to follow suit.

Peta has rejected the Thai government’s claim that use of monkeys was almost “non-existent”. Its report said the majority of Thai coconuts were harvested by monkeys caught from the wild.

Mr Aphisak said evidence and documents were being prepared for customers in its main markets, and for Peta, to show monkeys were not involved in Theppadungporn Coconut products.

It started auditing plantations in January and of the more than 100 checked by a third party so far, none were found to have used monkeys, Mr Aphisak said.

Coconuts are overwhelmingly collected by humans using poles, Mr Aphisak and the Thai authorities have said.

Thailand last year produced more than 806,000 tonnes of coconut and exported coconut milk worth nearly $400 million, about 8% to Britain.

Wirat Saengjun, owner of a plantation in Samut Songkram close to Bangkok, said he was now selling about half the number of coconuts at half of the price of earlier in the year, forcing him to reduce his workforce.

“Coconut milk is not selling very well. It’s probably from the news,” he said, referring to the PETA report.

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Monkey or Owl? Expansion is a hoot for regional lettings agency

Monkey or Owl? Expansion is a hoot for regional lettings agency

The splendidly named East Midlands lettings agency Monkey vs Owl – known as MOVO – has opened a second office.

Its first, launched in Derby three years ago, will now be joined by a new Loughborough branch. 

It will be run by Amelia Federici, originally from Derbyshire but with recent experience working in Dubai. 

“Monkey vs Owl has brought a fresh approach to the industry – developing a digital platform that takes the pain out of residential lettings for both the landlords and tenants and showcases the best of local businesses, venues and attractions” she says.

Managing director Chris Monk adds: “Our target markets are students, graduates and young professionals who are drawn here due to the high calibre education and career opportunities here and we already have a number of high quality multi-occupancy properties in this area which are ideal for these prospective tenants.

“As well as building our relationships with landlords and expanding the property portfolio in the Loughborough area, we are forging ahead with further expansion plans in other key towns and cities in the Midlands.”

The company currently has around 600 rooms in properties and homes with multiple occupancy in the Derby area.

And what’s behind that name? The company says: “There is a duality to life with the constant battle between two key behavioural motivators – the ‘cheeky monkey’ and the ‘wise owl’. They illustrate the balancing act needed to make the most of all life has to offer with time for work and for play.”  

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Worker Fired For Allegedly Hanging Monkey Doll With Twine At Jacob Javits Center

A worker with a subcontracting firm involved in the expansion of the Jacob Javits Center was fired on Wednesday after supervisors learned the person had allegedly used twine to hang a toy monkey on a set of pipes at the Hudson Yards complex.

The incident was reported on Tuesday by Lendlease Turner Joint Venture, which is carrying out the massive $1.5 billion project. Workers found the Beanie Baby monkey with twine wrapped around the doll’s hat, evoking America’s history of lynching and bigotry. LTJV ceased all work on Tuesday and called in the NYPD to investigate the matter. The alleged perpetrator was terminated after LTJV determined their identity.

“As soon as we learned of the incident, we immediately took action, including notifying law enforcement. It is unacceptable for workers to be exposed to any hateful act,” read a company statement.

LTJV is now launching mandatory anti-bias training for its subcontractors set to begin on Friday. “We are working collaboratively with our trade partners and unions to communicate to every worker,” said the company.

The NYPD said the worker has not been arrested, though its Hate Crimes Task Force is still investigating. An LTJV spokesperson could not provide the terminated worker’s name or the name of the subcontractor.

The incident is the latest in a string of similar incidents around the country amidst a national reckoning on racial inequality. Nooses were also found mostly recently in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx last month. Days before the Bronx incident was reported, another noose was found in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park.

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This chunky monkey overnight oats recipe is both breakfast and dessert

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Sweeten up your breakfast with a bowl of overnight oats made chunky monkey-style, filled with banana, coconut, peanut butter and chocolate. They’re part breakfast, part dessert and all things delicious.

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  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar. Refrigerate overnight or at least two hours. Add additional milk if needed and top with extra chocolate chips before eating.

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Monkey’s odd actions leave tourists in hysterics

A car full of tourists were left laughing hysterically when a monkey hitched a ride on the hood of their vehicle and proceeded to do something quite unexpected.

The monkey ripped off the window washer jet, seemed to chew on it and broke it apart. Moments later it slid over to the other window washer jet and tore it off, too, prompting even more laughter from Laura Rivers and her fellow occupants.

The incident occurred Sunday at the Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire, England, while Rivers and her group drove through the monkey enclosure.

“When going through the monkey enclosure all the monkeys were jumping on the cars and taking a ride,” Rivers told USA Today/For The Win Outdoors. “There were signs saying that monkeys may damage cars, pulling off window wipers and spoilers. At the start we had no monkeys on the car at all, and I just happened to film at the perfect moment.”

It was certainly a laughable moment:

“The monkey jumped onto the bonnet of the car and more or less straightaway ripped off the window washer jet; we didn’t expect it at all,” Rivers told For The Win Outdoors. “The monkey sat there and took the jet apart in front of us like it was teasing us, then went straight over to the other one and ripped that one off as well.”

The Longleat Safari and Adventure Park opened in 1966 as the first drive-through safari park outside Africa.

The monkeys, known as rhesus macaques, are “highly intelligient, highly inquisitive and highly mischievous,” the park’s website states accurately. Further, it says the monkey drive-through is “not for the faint of heart or new of car!”

That also proved accurate for this group of tourists.

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“The car belonged to my fiancé who is luckily a mechanic and can buy the new parts and refit them,” Rivers told For The Win Outdoors. “In the car was me, my fiancé, our daughter, my sister and her partner. We couldn’t stop laughing for the rest of the day, and still laugh about it now.”

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Thai coconut milk maker says monkey labour accusation slashed sales

a man standing in front of a building: Chaokoh coconut products company plant in Nakhon Pathom © Reuters/CHALINEE THIRASUPA Chaokoh coconut products company plant in Nakhon Pathom

By Chayut Setboonsarng

SAMUT SONGKRAM, Thailand (Reuters) – Thai coconut milk producer, Theppadungporn Coconut, suffered a sharp drop in sales after an animal rights groups accused the industry of using monkey labour, an executive said, adding it was auditing plantations to show animals were not used.

a man standing next to a palm tree: Chaokoh coconut products company farm in Samut Songkhram © Reuters/CHALINEE THIRASUPA Chaokoh coconut products company farm in Samut Songkhram

Several British retailers pulled Thai coconut products from their shelves earlier this month after a report by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) alleged that coconuts in Thailand are picked by abused monkeys.

“We saw sales fall 20 to 30% (from last year) after the news,” said Aphisak Theppadungporn, managing director of Theppadungporn Coconut Co. Ltd, one of Thailand’s biggest producers and exporters which makes Chaokoh coconut milk.

a person standing in a room: Chaokoh coconut products company plant in Nakhon Pathom © Reuters/CHALINEE THIRASUPA Chaokoh coconut products company plant in Nakhon Pathom

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds had welcomed pledges to stop selling coconut products that use monkey labour, and urged others to follow suit.

PETA has rejected the Thai government’s claim that use of monkeys was almost “non-existent”. Its report said the majority of Thai coconuts were harvested by monkeys caught from the wild.

Aphisak said evidence and documents were being prepared for customers in its main markets, and for PETA, to show monkeys were not involved in Theppadungporn Coconut products.

It started auditing plantations in January and of the more than 100 checked by a third party so far, none were found to have used monkeys, Aphisak said.

Coconuts are overwhelmingly collected by humans using poles, Aphisak and the Thai authorities have said.

Thailand last year produced more than 806,000 tonnes of coconut and exported coconut milk worth nearly $400 million, about 8% to Britain.

a group of people preparing food inside of it: Chaokoh coconut products company plant in Nakhon Pathom © Reuters/CHALINEE THIRASUPA Chaokoh coconut products company plant in Nakhon Pathom

Wirat Saengjun, owner of a plantation in Samut Songkram close to Bangkok, said he was now selling about half the number of coconuts at half of the price of earlier in the year, forcing him to reduce his workforce.

a group of people sitting at a table: Chaokoh coconut products company plant in Nakhon Pathom © Reuters/CHALINEE THIRASUPA Chaokoh coconut products company plant in Nakhon Pathom

“Coconut milk is not selling very well. It’s probably from the news,” he said, referring to the PETA report.

(Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Ed Davies and Martin Petty)