New film series ‘Mission Stories’ is directed by a newly recovering alcoholic

A movie anthology from Excel Entertainment will honor the dedication and sacrifice of missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first opens on big screens May 7. Called “Mission Stories,” it focuses on true stories of conversion.

Filmmaker Bryce Clark was selected to head up the project. It is fitting that he should be chosen to create a film about people whose lives were changed by conversion to Christ, because Clark is a recovering alcoholic who recently found redemption.

Excel Entertainment’s Head of Distribution Arthur Van Wagenen said the desire to explore why people are willing

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Green gold: Avocado farming on the rise in Africa | Africa | DW

Baker Ssengendo’s vision for the future of Uganda starts with an avocado seedling. “The avocado tree has a lifespan of about 50 years. The life expectancy of an average Ugandan is about 60 years. A tree can benefit them their entire life,” he told DW.

Ssengendo works on the 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres) of Musubi Farm in Mayuge district, eastern Uganda ­— the largest Hass avocado farm in the country. “By working in avocado farming, I am fulfilling my life dream. We want to lift our communities out of poverty.”

Due to high global demand, the avocado has become a

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Missing hiker found dead in the Red River Gorge

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – 5/5/2021 Update: A UK student who went missing in the Red River Gorge earlier this week was found dead Wednesday morning.

Officials with Powell County Search and Rescue posted the news on Facebook. While crews were able to ping the 24-year-old woman’s phone and watch to find her GPS coordinates, when they got to where she was, they found she had fallen off a 150-foot cliff. She did not survive the fall.

Her name has not been released.

Original Story (5/4/2021):

The Powell County Search & Rescue team is looking for a 24-year-old University of

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Italy Aims to Welcome Vaccinated Tourists in Mid-May

Italy Aims to Welcome Vaccinated Tourists in Mid-May | Travel + Leisure

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Lightning Out of the Blue is a Danger for Hikers

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Most hikers know that thunderstorms pose a serious threat. We’re taught to be wary of lightning strikes, and to get off high peaks and seek shelter when we hear the rumble of thunder. You may have been taught the old counting rule: Count the seconds between a flash of lightning and a rumble of thunder. Each second you count represents a fifth of a mile between you and the storm (15 seconds means the storm is 3 miles away, 5 seconds means the storm is a

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Billboard & Twitter Team for ‘Hot Trending’ Chart

Billboard and Twitter have partnered on a first-of-its-kind Billboard chart that will showcase the most talked-about songs on the social media platform, it was announced Wednesday at Twitter’s annual NewFronts presentation.

Named Billboard Hot Trending, the new chart will track music-related trends and conversations in real time across Twitter, including buzz around new releases, awards show and festival moments, music nostalgia threads and more. According to Twitter head of entertainment partnerships Sarah Rosen, music is the most talked-about topic on the social platform worldwide.

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George Jung death: Drug smuggler who inspired film ‘Blow’ dies aged 78

George Jung, a former drug smuggler and the real-life inspiration behind the film Blow, has died at the age of 78.

Jung’s social media accounts announced the death on Wednesday. TMZ also reported the news, citing sources close to the situation.

Jung was portrayed by Johnny Depp in Blow, Ted Demme’s biographical crime film released in 2001.

According to Jung’s Instagram account, he died in his hometown of Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning.

His Twitter account shared a quote from Blow: “May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face, and the

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New Smart Farming Robot Unveiled That ‘Smokes’ Weeds With High-Powered Lasers For Healthy Weeding

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Weeds compete for soil nutrients, water, space, and sunlight with the crops farmers grow to help feed people. Now a third-generation weeding robot, armed with lasers and powered by AI, offers the ultimate labor-saving device—while also eliminating the need for chemical herbicides.

The Autonomous Weeder by Carbon Robotics can eliminate 100,000 weeds per hour, and clear 15-20 acres in a single day—numbers that require a person working an entire season to match.

Trundling down a row of crops, a battery of twelve cameras scan the ground, identifying weeds through machine-learning and killing them with a CO2 laser. CO2

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26 Amazing Nature Facts to Impress Your Hiking Partners

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There’s no better time than spring to appreciate the wonders of nature, as the backcountry comes to life again. But don’t just observe: Show your hiking partners the nature guru that you are when you whip out these fun facts on your next group hike.

  1. Sea otters use rocks as tools to break open hard-shelled food, and they often store favorite rocks in a pouch under their armpits.
  2. European Starlings, one of the most abundant birds in North America, are an invasive species—they were released in
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