May 23, 2017, 1:21 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07381 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.39851 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03597 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.32504 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02683 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03597 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04019 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.61957 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03496 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00756 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.20217 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0201 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02784 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13867 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06563 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0201 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30125 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20751 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 402.33121 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04015 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0271 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01953 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.47267 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13847 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 58.35812 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.51125 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0201 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.96925 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47339 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.57074 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13296 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94574 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17205 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27938 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36314 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46021 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01786 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0421 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01545 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01546 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08669 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.90334 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 181.20981 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14748 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.11013 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15644 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47082 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13208 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.33903 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.50744 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 267.16239 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0719 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.29803 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.73392 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 651.98958 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0008 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.60008 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01424 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23286 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07094 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.36441 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 81.2902 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 9.04341 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 18.08682 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.44775 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00609 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01648 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.24598 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 164.32878 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 30.27532 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.06873 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 1.84887 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26588 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06127 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01247 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02803 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19542 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36586 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.09586 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.49196 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.43248 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16115 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.19453 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.69695 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3115 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.4168 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37541 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08626 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26598 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.33039 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59385 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16751 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07195 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02866 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00773 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0201 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06572 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06587 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10309 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07495 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.9996 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07317 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0813 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.13651 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.46403 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07535 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15881 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26967 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13384 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17452 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02785 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01546 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44626 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.31673 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.03296 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 437.5784 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17528 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.34928 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26605 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.69031 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04822 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04643 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0716 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13463 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60344 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.81511 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52904 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.62862 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0201 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56692 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 76.36656 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20045 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 454.6624 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.15394 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05199 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.70539 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05426 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.75181 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11917 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 5.02271 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2661 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 104.2906 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.27291 Zimbabwe dollar

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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