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This is the moment a fork of lightning struck a palm tree – despite clear blue skies above in Florida

The footage was captured from the inside of a Florida man’s car, while he was around 75ft away from the strike. 

Johnathan Moore was hard at work in suburban Tampa when the bolt struck the palm tree.  An eruption of thunder can be heard in the video before the lightning tears through the top of the tree. 

The unusual footage was captured from the inside of a Florida man's car, while he was around 75ft away from the strike (Pictured: The palm tree before it was struck)

The unusual footage was captured from the inside of a Florida man’s car, while he was around 75ft away from the strike (Pictured: The palm tree before it was struck)

The unusual footage was captured from the inside of a Florida man's car, while he was around 75ft away from the strike (Pictured: The palm tree as the lightning makes contact)

The unusual footage was captured from the inside of a Florida man’s car, while he was around 75ft away from the strike (Pictured: The palm tree as the lightning makes contact) 

Storms had been expected on the day of the footage, but unlike usual lightning strikes, this struck in broad daylight. 

The occurrence, referred to as a ‘bolt from the blue’ by meteorologists, can travel several miles from thunderstorm clouds. They then angle downward before striking into the earth.    

Moore, whose dashcam recorded the footage, said he saw the unusual strike as an opportunity to warn others to be on alert.

The unusual footage was captured from the inside of a Florida man's car, while he was around 75ft away from the strike (Pictured: The palm tree seems alight after the lightning struck in broad daylight in Florida)

The unusual footage was captured from the inside of a Florida man’s car, while he was around 75ft away from the strike (Pictured: The palm tree seems alight after the lightning struck in broad daylight in Florida)

The central Florida peninsula has the highest lightning concentration in the U.S, NBC reported, citing the National Weather Service. 

Peak lightning season in the peninsula happens between May and October, from midday to midnight.  

In 2019, 27 people were killed by lightning in the U.S. and another 243 were injured, according to NWS.  

Lightning strikes have so far killed 12 people this year.   

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Retired lawyer quoted over half a MILLION pounds to install reliable broadband at his home

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A retired lawyer was quoted £502,586 by BT to install a reliable broadband connection at his rural Cumbria home. 

David Roberts, 65, had requested a broadband service fast enough for making uninterrupted video calls to his family and to watch All Creatures Great and Small. 

He currently pays £70 every month for a 0.9Mbps download speed and had to wait three hours to download a 20-minute video his cousin sent him of a holiday in Germany.   

The speed is well below the UK average of 64Mbps. This means he struggles with viewing standard web pages – while a Zoom meeting or a Netflix subscription is completely out of the question.

David Roberts, 65, had requested a broadband service fast enough for making uninterrupted video calls to his family and to watch All Creatures Great and Small and was given a quote of £502,586 by BT

David Roberts, 65, had requested a broadband service fast enough for making uninterrupted video calls to his family and to watch All Creatures Great and Small and was given a quote of £502,586 by BT

Mr Roberts, who lives in the hamlet of Isel, near Cockermouth in Cumbria, hoped for improvement when the government announced a ‘Universal Service Obligation’ scheme, which gives people a legal right to ‘decent and affordable’ broadband.

It obliges the government to contribute up to £3,400 towards each installation. 

However, he would still be left to foot a bill of £499,186. 

Last August he co-ordinated a group of the 29 households in the hamlet to fulfill their WiFi dreams

He was quoted £380,000 for the whole 29 houses to be supplied when he inquired last year.

Mr Roberts, who lives in the hamlet of Isel, near Cockermouth in Cumbria, hoped for improvement when the government announced a 'Universal Service Obligation' scheme, which gives people a legal right to 'decent and affordable' broadband

Mr Roberts, who lives in the hamlet of Isel, near Cockermouth in Cumbria, hoped for improvement when the government announced a ‘Universal Service Obligation’ scheme, which gives people a legal right to ‘decent and affordable’ broadband

But this year, he was staggered to get a quote back from telecoms giant BT of £502,586.40 for just his house.

Mr Roberts, who has lived in the village with his wife for 33 years, said: ‘I laughed out loud when I saw the quote. It is just ridiculous. Nobody is going to pay that.

‘The annoying thing is that the village next to us, Blindcrake, just one and a half miles away, had BT fibre broadband installed two years ago completely free of charge.

‘This is a real problem for us here, it is not just a case of wanting to be able to watch old movies on TV, but having the real need to be connected.’ 

The hamlet where Mr Roberts lives doesn’t have a shop, pub or post office, meaning its residents are already cut off from the outside world.

He said: ‘With fibre-optic broadband, rural areas are being left out in the cold.’

A BT spokesperson said: 'We're sorry for the disappointment the quote has caused Mr Roberts'

A BT spokesperson said: ‘We’re sorry for the disappointment the quote has caused Mr Roberts’

Their current broadband connection hangs by a thread as the cable is often damaged by farm machinery and has had to be repaired countless times, weakening the strength even further.

The coroner, who presided over the deaths of those killed by serial killer Derrick Bird in a shooting spree 2010, said: ‘The government’s scheme clearly isn’t working.

‘Local people don’t have that kind of money to splurge on broadband.

‘Nobody has explained to me why Openreach quoted me a figure of £380,000 to supply 29 properties with broadband and yet when it was a quote to supply just me the figure came out as just over £500,000.’

Local councillor Ron Munby and his wife Helen live nearby. Mrs Munby, 69, said: ‘We have broadband but it’s pathetic.

‘We’ve lived at Isel for 24 years now and the phone-line has always caused problems.

‘Now, of course, the broadband is carried along the same lines and the phone line was condemned years ago by Openreach engineers who say it’s been fixed so many times it’s exhausted its lifespan.’

Workington MP Mark Jenkinson was sympathetic to the affected residents and vowed to continue fighting to bring affordable broadband to Cumbria.

He suggested that the issue was linked to there being a broadband ‘infrastructure monopoly’.

The spokesman added: 'His property is several kilometres away from our nearest usable network, which means significant civil engineering, build and cabling work is needed to provide a connection.' Pictured: Lake District

The spokesman added: ‘His property is several kilometres away from our nearest usable network, which means significant civil engineering, build and cabling work is needed to provide a connection.’ Pictured: Lake District

A BT spokesman said: ‘We’re sorry for the disappointment the quote has caused Mr Roberts.

‘His property is several kilometres away from our nearest usable network, which means significant civil engineering, build and cabling work is needed to provide a connection.

‘Mr Roberts could reduce the cost by exploring other opportunities such as joining up with other homes nearby and seeing if a Community Fibre Partnership is viable – they could also use Government vouchers for this to further reduce the cost.

‘Ninety-five percent of UK homes already have access to Superfast Broadband of 30 Mbps and above and we’re working closely with Government to find other solutions for the very hardest to reach.’

Residents of Michaelston-y-Fedw, near Newport in Wales, banded together to raise money to boost download speeds from 8Mbps to 940Mbps – among the fastest speed in the UK. 

David Schofield, 56, a retired repairer of electronics, headed the group. He told The Sunday Times: ‘We did everything ourselves, all the cabling, digging up the roads and connecting the cables to a Newport hub.’

They started digging in February 2018 and had their first connection in June that year. They now have about 240 customers who each pay about £30 a month.

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Leading state and private schools across the country will today launch a campaign to scrap ‘unfair and unreliable’ GCSE exams. 

More than 20 top names in education and institutions have joined together in a group called Rethinking Assessment and have written an open letter detailing their frustration with the ‘mutant exam system’. 

The former education secretary who introduced GCSEs in 1988, Lord Baker, has also signed the letter as he thinks the exams are ‘no longer needed’. 

Institutions including Eton and St Paul’s Girls’ School, claim the system ‘neither measures the right things nor is very reliable and leaves in its wake a trail of stress and unfairness’. 

Leading state and private schools across the country will today launch a campaign to scrap 'unfair and unreliable' GCSE exams. Stock picture

Leading state and private schools across the country will today launch a campaign to scrap ‘unfair and unreliable’ GCSE exams. Stock picture

The campaign to axe GCSEs comes from fears that children in the UK are some of the most-stressed in Europe.    

One in ten of those aged 5-16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem such as an eating disorder, depression or tendency to self-harm, according to The Sunday Times. 

The former education secretary who introduced GCSEs in 1988, Lord Baker (pictured), has also signed the letter as he thinks the exams are 'no longer needed'

The former education secretary who introduced GCSEs in 1988, Lord Baker (pictured), has also signed the letter as he thinks the exams are ‘no longer needed’

Tony Blair’s former speechwriter Peter Hyman, who is the co-director of Big Education and co-founded of School 21, also signed the letter, seen by The Sunday Times.  

Eton said the national exam system holds children back from finding their talents and passions while the headmistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith said GCSEs suppress children’s creativity.  

Exam board sources have claimed that officials are already coming up with plans for pupils to sit next summer’s GCSE and A-level exams from home by doing them online – if the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t allow for testing in schools. 

However, Ofqual has said it doesn’t think online tests are the way to go so predicted grades may be used again.   

The letter warns: ‘Many young people find the relentless practice and planning for exams increasingly stressful; depression and self-harm statistics confirm this. The UK has the lowest happiness levels in Europe, according to OECD statistics. Thirty or more GCSEs in one month — intense, high-stakes, written exams couldn’t be designed better to induce anxiety.

Institutions including Eton (pictured) and St Paul's Girls' School, claim the system 'neither measures the right things nor is very reliable and leaves in its wake a trail of stress and unfairness'

Institutions including Eton (pictured) and St Paul’s Girls’ School, claim the system ‘neither measures the right things nor is very reliable and leaves in its wake a trail of stress and unfairness’

‘More than that, all pupils, however successful they are at exams, leave school with only a partial record of their strengths. No credit is given to those who are skilled communicators, thoughtful team players, clever problem solvers or creative thinkers.’

A Department for Health spokesman said: ‘Exams and assessments are the best and fairest way of judging students’ performance. We reformed GCSEs and A levels to improve education standards, so they better prepare pupils for further study and employment.

‘We expect exams to take place next year and are working with Ofqual and the exam boards on our approach, recognising that students will have experienced considerable disruption to their education in the last academic year.’

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West enjoy a ‘date night’ at friends’ romantic backyard wedding

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Kim Kardashian shut down rumours of an impending divorce from her husband Kanye West on Saturday, as the pair reunited to attend their friends’ wedding.

The 39-year-old TV personality took to her Instagram Stories to share snaps and footage from the romantic backyard celebration.

And as she shared details from the nuptials, including a snap of herself enjoying a ‘rare’ cocktail’, the mother-of-four posted in an image of her and 43-year-old Kanye’s footwear, adding the caption: ‘Date night.’

Date night: Kim Kardashian shut down rumours of an impending divorce from her husband Kanye West on Saturday, as the pair reunited to attend their friends' wedding

Date night: Kim Kardashian shut down rumours of an impending divorce from her husband Kanye West on Saturday, as the pair reunited to attend their friends’ wedding 

The pair’s loved-up outing firmly put to bed renewed rumours that Kim was on the verge of filing for divorce from her husband of six years.

Kim didn’t show her famous husband’s face while sharing footage from the outdoor gathering, with only his shoes making a cameo in the social media uploads.

Throughout the night, the reality star jammed to some Frank Sinatra and indulged in a decadent gourmet meal.

Going strong: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's outing firmly put to bed renewed rumours that their marriage is on the rocks. Pictured together in November 2019

Going strong: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s outing firmly put to bed renewed rumours that their marriage is on the rocks. Pictured together in November 2019

‘It’s a rare night that I have a drink,’ wrote Kardashian as she documented the entire celebration on her Instagram Story.

First, she captured a picture of her first delicious drink for the night, which was a deep shade of pink and featured a citrus garnish. 

The snapshot also showcased Kim’s black espadrille inspired heels and her iridescent designer handbag.

In a follow up photo, the KKW Beauty founder placed her drink on the ground and posed next to her musician-turned-designer husband Kanye. 

Letting loose: Kim got all gussied up to attend a romantic outdoor wedding on Saturday

Letting loose: Kim got all gussied up to attend a romantic outdoor wedding on Saturday

Relaxing: 'Guess I need it!' captioned Kim on one post where she looks to be sipping on a glass of white wine

Relaxing: ‘Guess I need it!’ captioned Kim on one post where she looks to be sipping on a glass of white wine

There were a plethora of potted flowers strewn about and each wooden dining table was nearly set and covered in pink and yellow arrangements.

Kim made sure to take a snapshot of the bride and groom as they exchanged vows.

Once the ceremony completed and the sun set, Kim and the rest of the wedding attendees headed to the reception.

‘Guess I need it!’ captioned Kim on one post where she looks to be sipping on a glass of white wine. 

I do: Kim made sure to take a snapshot of the bride and groom as they exchanged vows

I do: Kim made sure to take a snapshot of the bride and groom as they exchanged vows

Floral: Kim showed off the gorgeous decor that dominated the outdoor wedding venue on her Instagram Story

Floral: Kim showed off the gorgeous decor that dominated the outdoor wedding venue on her Instagram Story

Floral: Kim showed off the gorgeous decor that dominated the outdoor wedding venue on her Instagram Story

She then took a brief video of the various flower arrangements as Frank Sinatra played in the background.

To close out her lengthy Instagram Story, the mother of four gave her 189million followers a look at the delicious dish she was deserved. ‘Sweet corn pasta is my absolutely fav pasta,’ she wrote.  

Earlier in the day, Kim’s husband Kanye took to his Twitter page to share some footage from a local celebration during his recently-concluded trip to Haiti.  

The  star was pictured joining a large group dance and even spitting out some bars from behind a mask while taking in the sites.

Jamming: She then took a brief video of the various flower arrangements as Frank Sinatra played in the background

Jamming: She then took a brief video of the various flower arrangements as Frank Sinatra played in the background

Yummy: To close out her lengthy Instagram Story, the mother of four gave her 189million followers a look at the delicious dish she was deserved. 'Sweet corn pasta is my absolutely fav pasta,' she wrote

Yummy: To close out her lengthy Instagram Story, the mother of four gave her 189million followers a look at the delicious dish she was deserved. ‘Sweet corn pasta is my absolutely fav pasta,’ she wrote

Kanye had previously spent some time in nearby Jamaica before flying over to Haiti.

The rapper landed at Hugo Chávez International Airport in Cap-Haïtien in the country’s northern area, where he ran into tennis star Naomi Osaka, the Miami Herald reported.

He was met there by President Jovenel Moise, who gave him a tour of the island.

Kanye was pictured in Instagram videos enjoying the music and dancing at one celebrating, though it wasn’t clear if it was thrown in his honor.

Meanwhile: As Kim enjoyed herself on Saturday evening, her husband Kanye West took to Twitter to share a video from his recent trip to Haiti; Kim pictured on Wednesday

Meanwhile: As Kim enjoyed herself on Saturday evening, her husband Kanye West took to Twitter to share a video from his recent trip to Haiti; Kim pictured on Wednesday

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He tried to capture the action on his phone, before getting up to join the dancers. 

Kanye was dressed casually for the get-together in a white graphic shirt and black track pants with thick beige stripes running down the legs.

Another video showed him freestyling a rap while surrounded by a crowd.

He appeared to have joined a group of drummers and flautists, though his bars couldn’t be understood in the short clip.

He had his phone in front of him, possibly to read off existing lyrics. 

In the spirit: Kanye West, 43, was seen dancing with locals and rapping with a drum line after making a surprise visit to Haiti on Friday

In the spirit: Kanye West, 43, was seen dancing with locals and rapping with a drum line after making a surprise visit to Haiti on Friday

The Monster rapper didn’t mention his reasons for visiting Haiti, but he did share twitter posts on Saturday indicating he was interested in the country because of its history of overthrowing French colonialists. 

‘Haiti is where our people started the first revolution that freed us from slavery,’ he wrote in one tweet that included a paint of Haitians battling the French.

Shortly afterward, he posted another tweet with a photo of his own showing a crowd of people gawking at him.

‘WE ARE HERE TO COMPLETE THE REVOLUTION,’ he wrote. ‘WE ARE ARE BUILDING THE FUTURE.’

On the move: The rapper landed at Hugo Chávez International Airport in Cap-Haïtien in the country's northern area, where he ran into tennis star Naomi Osaka, the Miami Herald reported

On the move: The rapper landed at Hugo Chávez International Airport in Cap-Haïtien in the country’s northern area, where he ran into tennis star Naomi Osaka, the Miami Herald reported

Taking it in: Kanye was pictured in Instagram videos enjoying the music and dancing at one celebrating, though it wasn't clear if it was thrown in his honor

Taking it in: Kanye was pictured in Instagram videos enjoying the music and dancing at one celebrating, though it wasn’t clear if it was thrown in his honor

However, Haiti’s Tourism Ministry announced that the musician would be visiting a plant breeding center in the northwest part of the island that was being launched by the president.

He was also expected to stop by the port of Labadee and Tortuga Island. 

Kanye was only accompanied by his entourage on the trip.

Last week, sources told Us Weekly that Kim was ‘deeply disappointed and sad’ because of her husband’s ongoing mental health issues.

‘Being isolated and alone essentially in his head isn’t healthy for Kanye,’ an insider said.

Letting loose: He tried to capture the action on his phone, before getting up to join the dancers

Letting loose: He tried to capture the action on his phone, before getting up to join the dancers

His turn: Another video showed him freestyling a rap while surrounded by a crowd. He seemed to have joined a group of drummers and flutes, though his bars couldn't be understood in the clip

His turn: Another video showed him freestyling a rap while surrounded by a crowd. He seemed to have joined a group of drummers and flutes, though his bars couldn’t be understood in the clip

They confirmed that the producer hadn’t been adhering to the care plane that he and Kim agreed on, though she ‘isn’t surprised’ by that development and partly blames it on the ongoing pandemic.

Although she was able to overlook his erratic tweets, it was ‘the mood swings and the manic episodes [that] are extremely difficult for Kim to help Kanye cope with.’

Kanye had previously been staying isolated at his Wyoming ranch, and after taking a family vacation he’s gone back to traveling on his own. 

The couple share four children: North, seven, Saint, four, Chicago, two, and Psalm, 16 months.

Freedom: The rapper didn't mention his reasons for visiting Haiti, but he shared twitter posts on Saturday indicating he was interested in its history of overthrowing French colonialists

Freedom: The rapper didn’t mention his reasons for visiting Haiti, but he shared twitter posts on Saturday indicating he was interested in its history of overthrowing French colonialists

Revolutionary: Shortly afterward, he posted another tweet with a photo of his own showing a crowd of people gawking at him

Revolutionary: Shortly afterward, he posted another tweet with a photo of his own showing a crowd of people gawking at him

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