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USE Parents object to Oxford Hills Middle School yearbook cover with political messages

PARIS — Parents of an Oxford Hills Middle School student attended School Administrative District 17’s board of directors meeting to call attention to the 2020-21 yearbook cover, which shows political imagery and messages.

“It might be a little uncomfortable for the board but I need to let you know … it’s in regards to the yearbook at the middle school and its political messaging,” Kevin McAllister, the student’s father, said. “The yearbook historically celebrates the year in school. To me it’s been encapsulated within the school. To have stuff that’s politically a hotbed, it seems a little over the top.

“I know it’s offended a lot of people” he said. “I feel disappointed in it. I wanted a good representation of my child and his year in school but instead we have this … a lot of people in town don’t see it as positive.

“I would ask that in the future that people … be sensitive to other people and to keep it neutral,” he said. “Make it the celebration that it’s supposed to be. The community is out there watching.”

The student’s mother, Sarah McAllister, circulated a copy of the yearbook, along with how the online advertising for it was presented, for directors to see. She pointed out that the ad did not include any of the messages.

Director Bob Jewell of Paris asked what oversight process is in place for review before yearbooks are sent for publishing.

“Someone in administration should have seen this well before it was published,” Jewell said. “What is the process and how do we know that what is going out there is something that this board would want to see out there?”

In just her first board meeting since being named superintendent, Monica Henson said she could not answer the question immediately but concurred that in her previous school systems anything issued by the district – yearbooks, student newspapers or staff newsletters – had to be reviewed first, and yearbook cover art would be included in that.

Director Will Rolfe of West Paris said it seemed more than a coincidence that the advertising for the yearbook did not include the most controversial part.

Board Chairwoman Diana Olsen of Otisfield thanked the parents for coming to the board and pointed out that directors hear comments made by the public at meetings but cannot discuss them or act on anything that is not on the agenda.

In her superintendent’s update, Henson reported on her progress for the objectives set for her entry plan to the district, including steps for increasing student achievement, improving public trust and increasing organizational efficiency. To that end she wrote that she has received administrative briefings from district leaders, reviewed the District Management Group’s assessment and recommendations for SAD 17’s practices and distributed a comprehensive organizational chart.

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Henson also told the board that she will speak at an Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce event in August and is working to schedule appearances to introduce herself to the boards of selectmen at each of the district’s eight towns.

In other business, directors unanimously elected Natalie Andrews of West Paris as chairwoman for the next year and Jared Cash of Norway as vice chairman.

Olsen and outgoing Vice Chairman Curtis Cole of Norway did not seek reelection. Both received standing ovations for their service to and leadership of the board over the past three years.

Directors also elected Scott Buffington of Paris to the Finance Committee. He will join returning Directors Lew Williams of Hebron, Sarah Otterson of Paris, Jewell and Andrews. Debra Hertell, executive assistant to the administration, was reappointed as the voter registration clerk for district meetings.

Vicki Decker was approved to become Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School’s assistant principal, joining Tara Pelletier who recently transferred from the same position at the middle school. Michael Mayberry was approved as food service director, transferring over from the Facilities Department where he served as assistant director.

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WhatsApp moves step closer to launching Snapchat-like view once messages

WhatsApp is once again taking a leaf out of Snapchat’s books. Last year the Facebook-owned chat app released its highly anticipated disappearing messages feature. Snapchat users have long enjoyed this type of ephemeral messages – but WhatsApp’s take on the feature had messages sticking around for longer.

Whereas most messages in Snapchat are viewed once and then disappear, WhatsApp’s disappearing messages stuck around for seven days – even after they had been viewed.

If you were sending something sensitive over WhatsApp, and want it automatically deleted ASAP, that’s probably longer than you’d like for the messages to stick around.

Thankfully though, WhatsApp looks to be addressing this issue.

The latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android has added a new feature called Expiring Media.

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This lets WhatsApp users send photos or videos that once viewed immediately disappear from the chat after you close it.

The feature is available to all Android beta testers right now, which means a release date for the general public could be round the corner.

The latest beta build for WhatsApp Android has also revealed a few other interesting details about the Expiring Media feature.

If you send someone a photo or video that is meant to be viewed once on WhatsApp, you’ll get a notification when they’ve opened it.

You will also be able to send view once messages to people that haven’t enabled the Expiring Media option, with the feature still working for them.

View once messages can also be sent to groups, and you’ll be able to see who has opened it in the Message info section.

However, be warned – if you have blocked contacts in a group that you send an Expiring Media message to they’ll still be able to view it.

And just because WhatsApp is introducing this feature, it doesn’t mean there’s no way users will be able to capture whatever is sent.

As WABetaInfo explained in a post online, WhatsApp users who are sent a view once message can still take screengrabs of a photo or video that is sent over.

They can even take video captures of an Expiring Media clip that is pinged across to them.

And if they do take a screenshot or capture video you’ll have no way of knowing as screenshot detection isn’t available in WhatsApp.

So you’ll still need to be careful when it comes to what photos or videos you send across, and who to – even when using the inbound Expiring Media functionality.

The view once messages are an extension of the disappearing messages suite of functionality WhatsApp introduced in 2020.

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Microsoft Teams is changing how you reply to messages

The chat bubbles feature is expected to start rolling out in mid-July, with the new functionality expected to become available fully by the end of the month. The inbound chat bubbles feature is launching on Windows 10 and macOS, with a release for mobile yet to be confirmed.

The description of the feature on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap says: “Chats sent during a Teams meeting will surface on the screens of all meeting participants, making the chat more central to the conversation”.

The Teams chat bubble feature was first announced back in July of last year. At the time, Microsoft said: “During meetings, chat has become a lively space for conversation and idea-sharing, and offers an option for people to participate in the discussion without having to jump in verbally. But it can be challenging to pay attention to video feeds, presentations, and chats all at the same time. Currently, Teams users need to manually open a chat window to view the chat screen. Soon, however, chats sent during a Teams meeting will surface on the screens of all meeting participants, making the chat more central to the conversation.”

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Christian Eriksen health update as Royal Family send messages of support to Denmark star

“The team and staff of the national team has received crisis assistance and will continue to be there for each other after yesterday’s incident.

“We would like to thank everyone for the heartfelt greetings to Christian Eriksen from fans, players, the Royal Families from both Denmark and England, international associations, clubs etc.

“We encourage everyone to send their greetings to the Danish FA, where we will make sure they are all passed on to Christian and his family.”

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DVLA scam messages: Drivers warned over new fraud texts sent out in 2021

The messages range from emails claiming drivers have had their car tax direct debit cancelled to claims motorists have been overcharged. Many of the emails included hyperlinks that encouraged drivers to submit their personal details.
The message said: “The latest payment for your vehicle tax has failed because there is not enough money on your debit card.

“Your vehicle is no longer taxed.

“We have generated a new invoice and we suggest you to use a credit card instead of a debit, to avoid any other consequences that might appear in case again won’t be enough funds inside.”

The DVLA warned drivers of the scam through Twitter, urging drivers to be cyber aware at all times.

“Do not give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in emails if you’re not sure they’re genuine.”

The DVLA has previously warned any tax refund messages are generated automatically meaning they would never ask anyone to get in touch to claim a refund.

DVLA chief information security officer David Pope said GOV.UK was the only trusted source for information.

He said: “All our tax refunds are generated automatically after a motorist has told us they have sold, scrapped or transferred their vehicle to someone else so we don’t ask for anyone to get in touch with us to claim their refund.

“We want to protect the public and if something seems too good to be true, then it almost certainly is. The only trusted source of DVLA information is GOV.UK.

“It is also important to remember never to share images on social media that contain personal information, such as your driving licence and vehicle documents.”

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Call of Duty Warzone servers down: Server Queue messages back before map release

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Warzone server queues are back tonight as Activision prepares to release a new Call of Duty map for the popular Battle Royale mode.

Gamers are currently seeing queue message popping up, confirming a countdown timer on nearly all platforms.

However, the estimated wait being tracked by the game isn’t going down for many, with the screen looking to be frozen.

Issues are expected as developers Raven Software launch the new Verdansk 84 map today.

Gamers can expect server queues to continue over the next hour or so, until the new event has been completed.

Call of Duty Warzone servers are down for some, meaning you can’t access the game, or any parts of your accounts.

Rebirth Island will play a role in the new event, with a message explaining: “RICO-W is experiencing extreme electrostatic interference and is no longer able to provide updates via regular communications.

“With our final message, we are updating the order given last night at 21:00: Return to Rebirth Island. Repeat to all Operators: Return to Rebirth Island.”


Football reporter cites ‘mean’ messages as she ‘checks out’ from Twitter after missing red card in viral TV blunder (VIDEO)

Sky Sports reporter Michelle Owen was targeted by “mean messages” from social media trolls after she was guilty of repeating a classic blunder by missing a red card on live TV during a game in the English fourth tier.

Reporting from the Walsall versus Tranmere clash in League Two, Owen was none the wiser when Sky presenter Jeff Stelling handed over to her for an update after a red card was issued to Tranmere’s Jay Spearing in the 74th minute.

A comical exchange followed in which Owen – a veteran of seven years at Sky Sports – admitted she hadn’t seen the sending off.  

“Not unless I’ve just done a Kammy (Chris Kamara) and completely missed something Jeff. Have I completely missed something?” asked the baffled Owen. 

Stelling responded by asking Owen to count the number of Tranmere players on her fingers to see if one had in fact been given his marching orders. 

The clip was reminiscent of the iconic moment fellow Sky Sports presenter Kamara missed a red card in the Premier League clash between Portsmouth and Blackburn back in 2010. On that occasion, Kamara had responded by bursting out laughing.   

Owen initially took the incident in similarly good spirits, sharing the clip on her Twitter account with a laughing and face-palm emoji. She also received widespread support as others joined in on the gaffe.

However, Owen appears to have been unsettled by a small minority of negative comments, later feeling the need to explain herself for the glaring oversight.

“Here’s full clip, context is everything. There’s a pillar in the way and the action I described just before the sending off proceeded what I couldn’t see,” she wrote to her almost 80,000 followers.

“Justifying it for the trolls. As you can see I am peering round a pillar. Thanks most for seeing the funny side!”

That was followed by a message that she was “checking out” of Twitter for a while, citing “mean messages.”

“I’m checking out for a bit as I’m taking my little boy to see some animals then continuing our charity run. More productive than the small minority that sit on social media being mean. Have a lovely day and thanks for the nice messages.”

Any mean-spirited responses seem to have firmly been in the minority, although one reply to the clip read: “It would have been funny if the reporter had a personality.”

Owen mainly received an avalanche of support or good-natured humour. 

“Career-defining moment Michelle! You’re now, officially, a Soccer Saturday/Special legend alongside [Kamara],” joked one fan.

“Do you need us to check the prescription in those glasses?” addedthe official account for opticians Specsavers.

“Wonder how many times you are going to be reminded of this. Can’t beat live television and you took it in good spirits,” added another fan.

“Very well dealt with, Michelle,” wrote another.

Fellow female presenter Kelly Somers wrote: “Erm has no one complimented you on how WELL you handled this?! This happens ALL the time in live reporting and you’ve dealt with it with humour and class, whilst remaining unflustered. Pro as always x.”

“Omg who is being mean! Obviously just a laugh… I thought it was great and funny! People have zero sense of humour, especially on here these days,” added radio DJ Polly James. 

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Piers Morgan 'receives messages of gratitude' from Royal Family after standing up for them

Piers stepped down from Good Morning Britain last month, after slamming Meghan and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah.

He had said that he didn’t believe a word of her interview and blasted her claims against the Royal Family of racism, which has been vehemently denied by Prince William, who said in his own statement: “We’re not a racist family”.

Speaking out on attempts made by some members of the public to end his career after disagreeing with his views, Piers shared: “There’s been an attempt to cancel me. 

“There’ve been many attempts like this before, and somehow I remain resolutely uncanceled.”

Millions of WhatsApp users face blocks from sending messages NEXT MONTH

WhatsApp users haven’t got long left to accept the messaging app’s updated terms and conditions, or face finding themselves blocked from the service completely. That’s the latest warning from Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, that reiterates that users only have until May 15, 2021 to hit the “agree” button. Based on the number of WhatsApp users on social media who have voiced concerns about the new terms and conditions, there are plenty of people who regularly use WhatsApp that could find themselves blocked in the coming weeks.
Posting on Twitter, one WhatsApp user said: “I have been using Signal since WhatsApp threatened me with the new terms. My privacy is respected at Signal and therefore, it earns a loyal user.”

Whilst another tweeted: “Anyone in the same boat as me; not keen to agree with the new Whatsapp terms? ”

WhatsApp has confirmed to Express.co.uk that it will not be deleting any accounts that refuse to agree to the small-print, but those who refuse will lose some of the most important features found within the app. Explaining more, WhatsApp said: “WhatsApp will not delete your account. However, you won’t have full functionality of WhatsApp until you accept. For a short time, you’ll be able to receive calls and notifications, but won’t be able to read or send messages from the app.”

So, if you love chatting with friends and family and don’t want to miss out on the latest gossip you only have around six weeks to make the decision on whether you’re happy to accept WhatsApp changes.

READ MORE: WhatsApp reveals eight simple things every iPhone and Android user must do TODAY

WhatsApp will, no doubt, be pushing more notifications out to those who haven’t agreed and if that’s you then here is what is changing and whether you need to be concerned.

When WhatsApp first announced its updated terms towards the end of last year, many loyal users were concerned that it signalled more data-sharing between the chat app and its parent company Facebook.

However, WhatsApp has stressed to users that this is not the case. The upcoming changes do not enable Facebook to access any more data from your personal chats. In fact, it will only impact conversations with a business account – like a customer care line for an online brand, for example. Even then, the data that can be accessed between these optional interactions with business accounts will not apply in the UK or mainland Europe, thanks to tough EU regulations on data-sharing practices.

So, you shouldn’t have any concerns moving forward – provided you’re already comfortable with the amount of data stored by the app.

To help fans feel more confident with the changes, WhatsApp said in its recent blog post: “As a reminder, we’re building new ways to chat or shop with a business on WhatsApp that are entirely optional. Personal messages will always be end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp can’t read or listen to them.

“In the coming weeks, we’ll display a banner in WhatsApp providing more information that people can read at their own pace. We’ve also included more information to try and address concerns we’re hearing. Eventually, we’ll start reminding people to review and accept these updates to keep using WhatsApp.”

Sadly, if you want to keep messaging after May 15 you are going to have to accept the new terms as not doing so will leave you without access to the most popular chat app on the planet. If you think it’s time to turn your back on WhatsApp and want to start messaging friends and family using a more privacy-focused option, Express.co.uk has got you covered.

Find our recommendations for the most secure WhatsApp alternatives on iPhone and Android here.

‘We talk CRAZIER than this’: NBA star Durant suggests slur-filled messages are TAME after actor Rapaport shares text exchange

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant has issued an apology of sorts after actor and comedian Michael Rapaport shared an expletive-filled message exchange supposedly between the pair in which the NBA star appeared to threaten him.

Rapaport posted the private message exchange – which appeared to date from last year – on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

“I receive threats and disgusting messages DAILY, but never in my wildest dreams did I think (Kevin Durant) would be among them,” Rapaport wrote.

“The (snake) himself is now threatening me, bringing up my wife and wants to fight. This is supposed to be America’s sweetheart right?”

The messages include repeated slurs apparently from Durant, some of which have been labelled homophobic and misogynistic.

“I swear Ima spit in your face when I see your dirty a**,” reads one message from Durant, who also labels Rapaport a “cum guzzling b*tch.”

Durant added in another message: “Your wife doesn’t even respect your b*tch a**.” 

The exchange is said to have been triggered by criticism which Rapaport directed Durant’s way after an interview the basketball star gave with TNT last December.

“KD seemed deeply in his feelings with the (TNT) crew after the game. DAMNIT he’s super sensitive about everything. Don’t do the interview,” Rapaport had tweeted at the time.  

After Durant’s response was made public, the basketball star appeared to at least partially apologize on Tuesday – although somewhat disturbingly suggested that the exchange was mild compared to the pair’s other correspondence.   

“Me and mike talk CRAZIER than this on the regular and today he’s p*ssed…. My bad mike, damn!!” Durant tweeted to his following of almost 19 million on Twitter.

The mea culpa was not well received by Rapaport, who responded with more profanities of his own.

“No we don’t P*ssy! Don’t ever threaten me again or speak on my Wife ever. Bald Head Rotten A** Worm,” he wrote.

He later shared a video claiming the pair “used to be friends but your insecurities ruined it all.”

Durant, a two-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors, is among the biggest names in basketball in his homeland and penned a four-year, $ 164 million deal with the Nets two summers ago.

The 32-year-old is currently out of action due to a hamstring problem amid an injury-hit season, but could return in early April.

Earlier this week, Rapaport, 51, lost a libel case against irreverent media outlet Barstool Sports – where he previously had a podcast – after accusing them of tarnishing his name in a row centered upon a photo-shopped clown T-shirt and supposed insinuations of sexually-transmitted diseases.

A US Southern District Court judge dismissed the defamation case, although the lawsuit has not been fully closed as Rapaport has also accused Barstool Sports of breach of contract after his ugly exit.


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