NE China to open herbal medicine industrial park

(MENAFN) Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province has exported an industrial park processing herbal medicines imported from Russia.

According to local officials, the industrial park in the Suifenhe sub-area of the Heilongjiang Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) has seen the registration of six herbal medicine processing companies.

The park will have an annual medicine processing capacity of 165,000 tonnes, with an overall investment of 339 million yuan (about 51.46 million U.S. dollars),

A new policy allows herbal medicines, such as ginseng and licorice, from Russia to be processed in the Suifenhe area of the FTZ.

Imported drugs can be unloaded, primarily processed and sold directly in Suifenhe, thus helping companies reduce costs, said Wang Tengli, general manager of a local pharmaceutical trading company with an annual processing capacity of 2,000 tonnes.


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First of Escondido’s five fitness courts opens at Mountain View Park

Escondido residents will soon have a number of new options for getting in shape, thanks to a series of planned new fitness facilities.

On Nov. 18, the city unveiled the first of five planned “fitness courts,” which are described as free outdoor gyms available for public use. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the site of the first fitness court, which was built at Mountain View Park.

The city plans to install two more of the fitness courts in the spring, at Kit Carson Park and next to the city’s main library on South Kalmia Street. The two final courts will be built in the near future, said city officials.

Another outdoor recreation project is planned for Jesmond Dene Park, where a bike park will be built and named for City Councilman John Masson, who died in March. Masson was a strong advocate for youth recreation opportunities, and he enjoyed such activities as skateboarding, motocross and mountain biking, according to a city staff report.

Steven Davis, 52, gets in a morning workout at the newly opened fitness court at Mountain View Park in Escondido.

Steven Davis, 52, gets in a morning workout at the newly opened fitness court at Mountain View Park in Escondido. He lives nearby and exercises here regularly.

(Charlie Neuman/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Escondido City Council, at a meeting on Nov. 18, gave a green light to the project and authorized the city to accept a $271,000 state grant to pay for the new bike park.

Also at the Nov. 18 meeting, the council received an update on a plan to build a “skate spot” at Washington Park. The city has set aside funds for design and construction of the new facility for skateboarders. A staff report said design of the skate spot and an adjacent parking lot will cost $143,574, and construction of the skate spot is estimated at $382,000.

Construction is expected to begin in January, weather permitting, with completion by summer, said Deputy City Manager Joanna Axelrod.

The first fitness court, located at Mountain View Park, 1160 S. Citrus Ave., was completed in February, said Axelrod, but the opening was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re so excited to be finally able to open it,” she said.

Graphics show how to use the equipment at the new fitness court in Escondido's Mountain View Park.

Graphics show how to use the equipment at the new fitness court in Escondido’s Mountain View Park.

(Charlie Neuman/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The city worked with the National Fitness Campaign, a for-profit consulting firm based in San Francisco, to design and build the outdoor workout facility for ages 14 and up.

National Fitness provided $30,000 in seed money for the project, and the city’s utility department provided an additional $165,000, which the department provided in exchange for park land it needed to construct a water pumping station, Axelrod said.

The fitness courts are about 1,000 square feet and utilize a design developed by the National Fitness Campaign. They include seven workout zones, each of which focuses on a different type of movement. Together, the seven zones provide a full-body workout. The zones include core, squat, push, lunge, pull, agility and bend.

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DMCC Executive Chairman and CEO joins last day of Dubai fitness challenge in JLT Park

Dubai: On Saturday 14 November, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC, joined the last set of activities at the DMCC Fitness Hub, in the JLT Park. Along with DMCC employees, JLT residents and visitors, Bin Sulayem took part in forming a huge human symbol spelling out “JLT by DMCC”.

Between 6 and 14 November, DMCC hosted a range of sessions and classes catering to all ages and levels as part of the city-wide Dubai Fitness Challenge. DMCC has been a proud host of the initiative since 2018. Supporting community health and wellbeing initiatives and efforts is inherent in the ethos of the UAE, DMCC and Bin Sulayem himself.

JLT is one of the most dynamic urban districts in Dubai and home to a growing diverse community of over 100,00 who live, work and visit the area.


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Once an aspiring dentist, he serves Caribbean-Asian fusion at Zaz restaurant in Hyde Park

It’s funny. I’m from the Caribbean. I’m from Grenada. I also lived in Trinidad. My mom’s side is from Trinidad. My dad’s side is from Grenada. I grew up with my grandparents. Cooking was an essential for all of us, knowing how to cook. But when I came to the States, my initial thing that I wanted to do was become a dentist. My plan was to come here to go to school, and then I started working on a regular job, and I started having to take care of the family. I needed the money and different things like that, so my plans changed quickly.

I then ventured into ironwork and became a welder. I was a foreman for quite some time … and I then decided to follow my passion, which was food and cooking. I worked at a bakery, Konditor Meister, and I worked at the Granite Links Country Club.

What next?

I decided, OK, know what? I’m going to follow this passion through. And I started to go to culinary school. I went to Le Cordon Bleu. I went to Spain, did some studies over there, did some cooking over there in Spain.

I came back to the States, and I just started looking in different neighborhoods to see financially what I could afford. And Hyde Park was the best choice, because I liked the diversity. I liked the mix of people, and we had pretty good foot traffic at the time.

Obsession equals greatness for me, so I’ve been obsessed with food and with learning different types of cuisines.

Why did you come to Massachusetts?

Two of my aunts were doctors, and I wanted to get into the medical field as well. In the Caribbean, they drilled into us that we got to make better of our lives. So, I tried to follow the family tree.

How has COVID-19 has affected you?

It’s definitely a roller coaster. When it initially hit, I pivoted my plan for the year and decided to do meal preps. I really started doing delivery services, and I started doing the meal prep for different neighborhoods. And we were driving up to like 20 miles to try to get the food out. At the time, obviously no one was really leaving their homes, at the beginning of COVID. The idea of meal preps was on point, because we were able to serve a week’s worth of food or so for people who didn’t want to go out or go to different places to pick up food.

In the middle of COVID, the meal prep thing kind of died down, so people were more trying to get out. And so the numbers kind of decreased quite a bit from when I first started, so I continued doing delivery.

The biggest thing for me was I started the construction of my storefront in December 2019. The idea was to expand the business and to add more square footage. … Right when we were

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Fitness coach calls to fight against street harassment after experience at Navotas City park

A female fitness coach is calling on the public to stand against street harassment after her experience at a park in Navotas City last week.

(Photo courtesy of Seannah Swift)

“Street harassment is about power, there is no right or wrong response when you’re already in a situation. Just do something for yourself, show assertiveness and strength. Ask for help if you need to. Be also vigilant if ever you will be put in a situation like what I’ve experienced. Be alert and think of the best way to save yourself,” coach Seannah Swift said in a Facebook post.

This came after Swift shared her experience while jogging at the Navotas Centennial Park on November 7 when three unidentified men, two of which were apparently minors, “physically” harassed her through “bumping on” her “left boob” and trying to intimidate her.

“What happened…was a physical harassment. Start of my training, 5:34pm… Just seconds after I turned on the GPS on my watch, someone’s shoulder bumped really hard on my chest. He hit my left boob,” she said.

Seeing the man, Swift said, she tried to avoid him after “perceiv[ing] what was in his mind” but he still blocked her “way and dang…. He was with two other guys, ages are around 16 to 20.”

“I knew it was a plan,” she continued in mixed English and Filipino. “The moment I felt I was harassed, I pushed him and punched. He got speechless for few seconds, finally he said ‘You’re brave, Miss, aren’t you?… ‘What I did was unintentional.’ [But] I stood tall and acted brave, ‘What you did was intentional, are you insane? [while] showing my fist ‘Are you going to fight?’”

After the confrontation, Swift said, she continued her activity while the men walked away.

However, moments later, she said, she saw the men again “approaching” her.

“I slowed down. I thought if I continue running fast he might suddenly stab me then jump off to the sea. So I slowed down, jogged towards where they were as there is no other way for a reroute. The same guy blocked my way for the second time, I stopped but kept a distance.” she said.

“Paulit ulit silang nagsorry but body language is giving me a hint that they are trapping me. ‘Yong isa umiikot sa likod ko (They kept apologizing but their body language was giving me a hint that they would trap me. One of them was already going behind me),” she added.

Luckily, two police officers in civilian clothing witnessed the incident and intervened.

Although the three men managed to escape, Swift expressed her gratitude to the police officers for their assistance. She said, the lawmen even tried to chase the harassers and launched a manhunt against them, but they already jumped off the Manila Bay. 

“I hope that this will serve as a warning to many harassers who think that a simple bump or catcall can be set aside. It is against women’s rights and against the

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MVP offering free flu shots at upcoming clinics in Albany, Troy, Clifton Park

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MVP Health Care will be offering free flu shots to anyone who needs one at three upcoming local clinics.

The Schenectady-based health insurer is asking that guests register upon arrival, but no reservations will be needed. Individuals with MVP health insurance, outside insurance, and no insurance are welcome.


  • Saturday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.


  • Crossgates Mall — 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany, NY 12203
  • Arts Center of the Capital Region — 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
  • Southern Saratoga YMCA Clifton Park — 1 Wall Street, Clifton Park NY 12605

Health experts say this is an especially important year to get vaccinated against the flu, as hospitals anticipate a second wave of coronavirus to hit and are already feeling the strain from rising cases.

The flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, but it can prevent seasonal influenza or at the very least reduce its severity and duration, experts say.

Anyone over the age of 6 months is advised to get the shot annually, with rare exceptions. Those most at risk of severe flu complications include people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women and children younger than 5 years, and especially children under 2 years old.

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Belvedere Park Emergency Dentist Dental Extraction 24 Hours Services Launched

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Dr Abbas Haider of Emergency Dental Service Decatur announced that he is now providing dental emergency services for patients in Belvedere Park, Georgia, and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Dr Abbas Haider of Emergency Dental Service Decatur announced the launch of a new range of emergency dentistry services for patients in Belvedere Park, Georgia. Dr Haider has over 20 years of experience in cosmetic, implant, family and emergency dentistry.

More information can be found at

The newly launched dental emergency services at Emergency Dental Service Decatur aim to provide patients in Belvedere Park with prompt and efficient dental treatment.

When dental accidents happen, emergency dental care can be extremely beneficial for one’s oral and overall health. That is why Emergency Dental Service Decatur offers comprehensive emergency dentistry solutions for patients of all ages.

In addition, the dental team help those who do not have insurance or the money to pay for their emergency treatment. They have a dental emergency line of credit service and they can also offer an affordable dental plan for each patient.

The dental clinic provides comprehensive treatment for a multitude of dental issues, including partially and fully dislodged, broken or fractured teeth, object stuck between teeth, severe toothache, root canals, lost dental crown, bleeding crowns and bridges, and many more.

The team at Emergency Dental Service Decatur also service Adair Park, Chelsea Heights, Clairemont Gateway, Decatur Heights, College Heights, Downtown Decatur, and many other surrounding neighbourhoods. They are very experienced and efficient, and they always accommodate unplanned emergency care.

Dr Haider has been providing high-quality dental care to patients in Decatur, Georgia, for the past 20 years. He is dedicated to educating, empowering and helping his patients keep their smiles healthy and beautiful.

Emergency Dental Service Decatur currently has 158 Google reviews.

One review reads: “Amazing! Dr Haider was excellent! His staff was proficient and courteous. I would give them 10 stars if I could. Don’t be fooled by the Plaza. Once inside, the knowledge and the atmosphere provided allows you to feel like you’re in a Hollywood doctor’s office. Beyond pleased!”

Interested parties can find more by visiting the above-mentioned website or accessing and

Servicing Adair Park, Chelsea Heights, Clairemont Gateway, Decatur Heights, College Heights, Downtown Decatur, EverGreen Forest, Glennwood Estates, Lenox Place, Midway Woods, Oakhurst, Parkwood, Ponce de Leon Heights, Ridgeland Park, Sycamore Street, Westchester Hills, Winnona Park.

Contact Info:
Name: Abbas Haider
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Organization: Emergency Dental Service Decatur
Address: 3521 Memorial Drive, Suite A, Decatur, GA 30032, United States
Phone: +1-404-836-3963

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Pickleball Courts Now Available To Reserve At Greenwich Park

GREENWICH, CT — Two official pickleball courts are now available to reserve at Christiano Park after years of requests from residents.

Patricia Troiano, the town’s recreation supervisor, said interest in the sport among residents has steadily increased over the past few years, particularly this year as residents look for more safe outdoor activities to enjoy due to the coronavirus.

“[Residents] feel safer outdoors,” Troiano said. “They also want the ability, when they’re distant from others, to be able to have some moveable activity and not have to keep a mask on the entire time. That’s something people have told us.”

According to Troiano, pickleball allows residents to play outdoors while safely distanced across a net from an opponent. (To sign up for Greenwich breaking news alerts and more, click here.)

Previously, residents could play pickleball on tennis courts, which use higher and longer nets, at the Chrisiano and Loughlin Avenue parks.

“There were only two tennis courts at Christiano Park,” Troiano said. “The second tennis court was converted into two pickleball courts on either side of the tennis net.”

The other tennis court, which has colored lines indicating the correct boundaries for a pickleball game, remained untouched, Troiano said. Prior to the two new courts at Christiano, the town had six unofficial pickleball courts residents could use.

“This is the first time we’ve had official [pickleball] courts,”Troiano said, “where players can reserve it, just like they would to play tennis, and just show up with the pickleball and the racket.”

Troiano said the town has talked about putting in official courts for over three years, however the actual planning and work to have one established at Christiano took a little over a year.

“The community has been driving this even prior to COVID-19,” Troiano said. “We have had requests for the last two or three years to get official courts in.”

The town turned its attention to the courts at Christiano first due to the foundation already being in place, Troiano said.

“It was already a tennis court,” Troiano said, “we just had to repaint it and put in new in-bounds and lines, then install the two posts for the two courts and the nets. That was a lot easier to do at Christiano for the first set of official courts.”

Troiano said the estimated cost of establishing the two official courts was originally about $11,000, however she was unsure what the final cost turned out to be.

She also noted the recreation department was already planning to add three more official courts at the Moretti Athletic Field in Cos Cob.

For now, residents who wish to use the courts at Christiano can reserve them through the town website until Nov. 16. After that, the courts can be used on a first-come, first-served basis until the reservation system starts up again in the spring.

“We’re really happy that we finally got this done,” Troiano said, “and if there’s any time to finally add these courts, it’s now. We

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