August 24, 2017, 2:50 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 4.00117 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1531 Hong Kong Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.12198 Croatian Kuna
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02663 Singapore Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 10.07591 Syrian Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.65193 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04773 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04379 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06807 Turkish Lira
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.59221 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.65095 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49932 Ukraine Hryvnia
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01957 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56075 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 81.4909 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19517 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 444.51183 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02935 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04937 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.85815 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05283 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.74819 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.96419 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.89043 Yemen Riyal
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Climate change, still...

Twas dawn after Christmas,
dreampt I couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned,
while still dark outside.
I fought the temptation
with all my might.
Kept tossing and turning
with great anticipation,
the though of a snack
became mega obsession.
So, I raced to the ref
flung open the door.
Gazed at those shelves
packed with goodies galore.
I globbled up carbonara
with Vigan longaniza,
cakes and cheeses,
chocolates, confections.
I felt myself swelling
so plump and so round.
Then all of a sudden
I rose off the ground,
a crashed through the attic
floating up the sky with
a mouthful of pudding,
in hand, pecan pie.
But I managed to yell
as I soared past the trees,
some cranberry please.
May your stiffing be tasty
Your lechon be de leche
may you roast and gravy
be tender and juicy,
your paella a wow, and
your pies take a prize,
you media noche buffet
stay off your thighs
happy eating to all!!!
Then, I burst, oh what a
sight. (it was just a dream…)

***

As the gift-wrapped toys are opened after the media noche meal tomorrow night, non-profit Eco-Waste watch group reminds parents to check that the playthings received will not expose young children to hazards. 

Its annual “Kid-Safe Toys for Zero Harm, Zero Waste,” the EcoWaste Coalition advised parents to insist on the right of their children to safe toys. Dangerous toys are those that pose burn, chemical, choking, ingestion, laceration, strangulations, including those that can injure the eyes and damage the ears.

EcoWaste Coalition released the results of its latest test buys of 100 assorted toys obtained from formal and informal retailers in Caloocan, Makati, Manila, Pasay and Quezon Cities, P10 to P220 each, were procured on November 24 and 26. 

Out of these 100 toys, 93 pose choking hazard for containing small parts that young children can ingest and cause difficulty in breathing. Out of 100 toys, 20 were found to contain toxic lead from 103 to 15,300 parts per million (ppm), way above the 90 ppm regulatory limit, which is mainly due to the use of lead-containing decorative paints.

Out of 100 toys, 20 have sharp edges, mostly toy knives and swords. Out of 100 toys, 18 can pose a serious risk of eye injuries. Out of these 100 toys, the EcoWaste Coalition picked the following as the 10 most dangerous toys that must not get into a child’s hands:

1. A kiddie folding chair coated with yellow lead paint that has 15,300 ppm total lead.
2. A “Wonderful Music Xylophone” that has a highly leaded orange bar with 11,100 ppm total lead.
3. A “Snorlax” Pokemon character toy with 1,925 ppm total lead.
4. A plastic toy knife that may cut or slice into the skin.
5. Play swords with sharp edges that pose laceration hazard.
6. Pellet guns that may cause serious eye injuries. 
7. A “Wild Sling Water Balloons” with 33-inch strap that may lead to strangulation hazard. 
8. A Hello Kitty guitar with 25-inch strap that may cause strangulation hazard.
9. A mini-billiard set with Pokemon design that poses choking risk.
10. Plants vs. Zombies figures that present choking risk.

Observe the following tips:
 
1. Read the product label very carefully: pay attention to the warnings, age recommendation and safety instructions; look for the product manufacturing details and the license to operate (LTO) number, which is issued to authorized toy manufacturer, importer or distributor. 2. Select toys that are appropriate for the child’s age, aptitude, skill and temperament. 3. Look for toys that are bigger than a child’s mouth to avoid choking (“the smaller the child, the bigger the toy”); avoid toys that can easily break into small parts or with small unsecured components that may be ingested or placed in the nose or the ears. 

4. Buy toys from reliable traders and obtain a valid proof of purchase to facilitate replacement, refund, compensation or warranty claim if needed. 5. Watch out for toxic toys or play things laden with health-damaging chemicals such as antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and phthalates. 6. Avoid toys with paint coatings - unless certified as lead-safe - to prevent kids from being poisoned when they bite, chew, lick or swallow toys with lead coatings. 7. Avoid PVC toys that contain many hidden toxic additives such as heavy metals and phthalates. 8. Avoid art toys and play cosmetics that are not confirmed as non-toxic. 

9. Avoid toys that shoot small or pointed objects into the air that may cause eye or body injuries. 10. Sharp edges or points that may bruise or cut a child’s sensitive skin. 11. With cords or strings longer than 12 inches that may wrap around a child’s neck. 12. Too loud noises can damage a child’s sensitive hearing. 13. With small parts such as buttons or eyes that may be pulled loose and swallowed by a child; avoid those with pellet-like stuffing that may get into a child’s hand and mouth when the toy breaks open; broken parts, seams and edges; and opt for washable stuffed toys. 14. Avoid battery-operated toys that are not firmly secured as batteries and their chemical ingredients may cause internal bleeding, chemical burns and choking when ingested. 15. Avoid toys that tend to induce aggression and violence such as toy guns, knives and other toy weapons.

Furthermore, the EcoWaste Coalition advised consumers to: 1. Remove and keep the toy plastic packaging out of children’s reach to avoid risk of suffocation. Refrain from throwing reusable toy boxes and wrappers to the bin; find other functional uses for toy packaging to reduce waste. 2. Follow carefully the procedures for proper toy assembly and use and keep the instructions for reference. 3. Teach a child how to play safely, and closely supervise small children to help prevent any untoward incidents. 4. Check toys regularly for signs of wear or broken pieces that may cause injury, and keep toys clean. 5. Teach a child to put toys away after play to avoid accidents.

***

Dahliaspillera@yahoo.com
 
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