Zinnia is a genus of plants of the sunflower tribe within the daisy family. They are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the southwestern United States to South America, with a centre of diversity in Mexico. Members of the genus are notable for their solitary long-stemmed flowers that come in a variety of bright colours. The genus name honours German master botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727–59). Zinnias are annuals, shrubs, and sub-shrubs. Most species have upright stems but some have a lax habit with spreading stems that mound over the surface of the ground. They typically range in height from 10 to 100 cm tall (4″ to 40″). The leaves are opposite and usually stalkless (sessile), with a shape ranging from linear to ovate, and a colour ranging from pale to medium green. The flowers have a range of appearances, from a single row of petals to a dome shape. Zinnias may be white, chartreuse, yellow, orange, red, purple, or lilac. Credit: Wikipedia.
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- Alert - Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo Friday, 18 October, 2019There is an outbreak of Ebola in the North Kivu (Kivu Nord) and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
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- Ecuador - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Wednesday, 9 October, 2019Exercise increased caution in Ecuador due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Demonstrations and road blockades continue throughout the country and are expected to continue in the coming weeks. There are reports of associated pockets of violence. Police have responded with tear gas. Travel, including flights, […]
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- Chile Saturday, 19 October, 2019Summary - The government declared a State of Emergency following protests in Santiago. This is expected to last for 15 days. During this time there will be a heavy military presence in central Santiago. All metro stations will be closed on 19 and 20 October. Remain vigilant and avoid protests and demonstrations.GOV.UK
- Lebanon Friday, 18 October, 2019Latest update: Summary - The roads to and from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport have been blocked by protestors and could become blocked again without notice; This could lead to you being unable to leave the airport if arriving and unable to access the airport if departing; If travelling to or from Beirut you should […]GOV.UK
- NASA to Provide Coverage of Key Events at 70th International Astronautical Congress Friday, 18 October, 2019NASA will provide live coverage on NASA Television of key events at the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which takes place Oct. 21-25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington.