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Firecracker injuries grew by 9%; review of local ban sought

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A man waits for his drug prescription after being treated for his hand injury following the raucous celebration to welcome the New Year Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, in Manila, Philippines. AP/Bullit Marquez

The total number of injuries caused by firecrackers from Dec. 21, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014 grew by nine percent from the 2012 Christmas to 2013 New Year period, prompting health officials to renew their calls to review the current laws on the use and sale of firecrackers and other explosives.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Number of New Year revelry casualties tops 1,000 mark

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A boy injured by a firecracker weeps at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila early on January 1, 2014, after New Year's celebrations. AFP/NOEL CELIS

Almost a week after the New Year revelry, the Department of Health has already counted 1,018 injuries.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

SKorea calls for reunions of separated families

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye  AFP FILE PHOTO

South Korea’s president has called for resuming reunions of families separated by the Korean War in the early 1950s.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

2014 year of ‘hard truths’ for British economy – Osborne

George Osborne. AP FILE PHOTO

British finance minister George Osborne will warn that 2014 will be the year of “hard truths” and public spending cuts when he sets out his plans for the year ahead on Monday.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Only buying public can end ‘piccolo’ menace, says PNP

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Remember the “watusi?”

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Go ahead, ban firecrackers

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The Philippine government is debating whether to ban the use of firecrackers during the Christmas season especially as we usher in the new year with an increasing number of firecracker blast victims.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Firecracker-related injuries higher in 2014–DOH

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A boy injured by a firecracker weeps at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila early on January 1, 2014, after New Year's celebrations. AFP/NOEL CELIS

Compared to last year, cases of revelry-related injuries are higher by five-percent in 2014 as the latest count shot up to 962 on Saturday, a health official said.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Law banning ’crackers seen boost to smuggling

THE CAMPAIGN against firecrackers has no effect on the village of Pogo in Dagupan City where residents light firecrackers to celebrate the New Year at noon of Jan. 1.  WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

As expected, the industry that profits from fireworks and firecrackers has objected to a government plan to ban their sale and use.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Stray bullet kills another child

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A two-year-old boy from Ilocos Norte became the second fatality of stray bullet during the New Year revelry.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Burst giant yellow duck back on show in Taiwan

Visitors look at an 18-metre-tall (59-feet) bath toy duck replica created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman as it floats its repair in Keelung harbor after repaired on January 3, 2014.  The giant yellow duck on display in a northern Taiwan port exploded just hours before it was expected to attract a big crowd to count down the new year.     AFP

A giant yellow inflatable duck which exploded on New Year’s Eve returned to a Taiwan port on Friday after it was repaired and cleaned, organizers said.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

QC cop faces ax for indiscriminate firing

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A Quezon City policeman is facing dismissal from the service after he fired at a group of teenagers who allegedly attacked his relatives on New Year’s Day, hitting and seriously wounding a motorcycle rider who just happened to be passing by the area.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Stray bullet victims in Metro down to 12 with no fatalities

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The death of stray bullet victim Stephanie Nicole Ella last year may still be unsolved but Metro Manila residents seem to have learned from the tragedy as the number of stray bullet victims went down by nearly half this holiday season.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Zamboanga folk see benefits of firecracker ban

A CUSTOMER tries out a horn being sold on the streets of Davao City, one of the cities in Mindanao that is enforcing a ban on firecrackers. BING GONZALES/INQUIRER MINDANAO

ZAMBOANGA CITY—Fifteen-year old Christine Vidad wants the ban on firecrackers here to stay for a good reason—she earns from it.   The ban on firecrackers helped raise Vidad’s earnings from selling paper horns, or torotot.   The equation is simple for the teenager—no firecrackers equals more torotot.   “People are buying more torotot because firecrackers [...]

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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