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The online business school transforming sex workers into entrepreneurs

MelRose Michaels teaches some of the many courses on CentroU. <p class="copyright">Fan Centro</p>
MelRose Michaels teaches some of the many courses on CentroU.
  • A new online university is educating sex workers about how to make it in the porn industry.

  • CentroU is a free online business school that teaches adult performers everything ranging from branding and marketing, home production, accounting, and navigating censorship. 

  • The coronavirus pandemic has changed the porn industry, with subscription-based platforms like OnlyFans and FanCentro have seen a significant jump in their “model sign-ups.”

  • Insider spoke to some students and teachers from CentroU, who have said that the courses have had a significant impact on their careers.

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The porn industry is having a moment. 

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, traffic on porn websites has skyrocketed, adult performers are moving online, and subscription-based platforms like OnlyFans and FanCentro have seen a significant jump in their “model sign-ups.”

And it’s not just

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Nashoba At Night Goes Online Amid Pandemic

WESTFORD, MA — Amid pandemic, it seems like everyone has had to make adjustments to how things are done. Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Nashoba at Night adult-education program has also pivoted. But the refocus comes at a time when some trades are looking for new employees.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.4 million across the US in August, reflecting the continued resumption of economic activity across the nation since the coronavirus pandemic negatively impacted employment in March and April, according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Construction, along with health care and personal care, will account for one-third of all new jobs through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“We’re focusing on career-enhancing and licensure training programs right now,” Nashoba Tech’s director of Postsecondary & Community Education Jobee O’Sullivan said. “There is a big demand for all of these programs. More people are retiring now than there

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Illinois launches online system to track rape kits in new cases. But not every hospital is on board.

Sexual assault survivors in Illinois now have the ability to track evidence in new cases.

The Illinois State Police, which runs state laboratories that analyze DNA evidence, launched a long-awaited tracking system for rape kits in August. Survivors will receive a case number in a hospital emergency room that allows them to access location information.

Many survivors had been anticipating tracking their kits, but the system is not retroactive; tracking numbers are assigned only for new cases, according to ISP.

Beth Hundsdorfer, a spokesperson for Illinois State Police, said survivors with cases before Aug. 14 should check with the investigating agency for more information. She noted that lab work on all previous sexual assault cases should be completed within six months.

Efforts to create the tracking system, which advocates say can boost accountability and support survivors, have long been underway; the system was initially supposed to launch in 2019 but

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Prestigious British university rocked by online allegations of sexual misconduct

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — One of Britain’s most prestigious universities, which has educated a future king, has been rocked by dozens of anonymous online allegations of rape and sexual misconduct.

The University of St. Andrews has been confronted with more than 100 posts on an Instagram account alleging incidents including sexual assault, harassment, rape as well as physical and emotional abuse. Most, but not all, of the testimonies appear to be connected to life at the Scottish university, but some of the posts suggest the incidents may have happened elsewhere.

The university said Tuesday that it had received one “actionable” report of alleged sexual misconduct since the St. Andrews Survivors account was set up in July, but a spokesperson said they could not comment on any individual case.

A general view of St Andrews University. (Matthew Lewis / Getty Images file)
A general view of St Andrews University. (Matthew Lewis / Getty Images file)

The #MeToo movement has inspired similar social media accounts

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make Passionate Pleas About Voting, Online Conduct in ‘TIME 100’ Special

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a special appearance during the TIME 100 special on Tuesday. From their stunning Santa Barbara home’s backyard, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a brief message congratulating those being named to the TIME 100, before making a passionate plea about voting.

“We’re just six weeks out from Election Day, and today is National Voter Registration Day. Every four years, we are told the same thing, that ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime,'” Meghan said. “But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter. Because you do. And you deserve to be heard.”

Harry added that he’s “not going to be able to vote here in the U.S., but many of you may not know that I haven’t been able to vote in the

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How to watch Carabao Cup fixture online and on TV tonight

Manchester United head to Luton Town on Tuesday night looking to bounce back from weekend disappointment.

The Red Devils began their 2020/21 season with a poor home defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League, and now look to the EFL Cup and a third-round tie as a chance to kick-start their campaign.

Luton have won both their Championship games so far this term and knocked out Reading in the second round of the EFL Cup.

United are likely to rotate to an extent, though have four days until their next league game at Brighton.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of kick-off.

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When is it?

The match kicks off at 8:15pm on Tuesday at Kenilworth Road in Luton.

How can I watch it?

The match will be

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The best online learning courses, if you feel like doing something new

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From Cosmopolitan

This year has been a strange one, and it’s totally understandable if self isolation, furlough or other external factors have left you wanting to try new things. Maybe your job isn’t satisfying you anymore, or you’re finding yourself with way more time on your hands. Which could be where an online learning course could come in.

We are very much firm believers that you don’t have to commit this time to self improvement (hey, just existing right now is good too), but if you feel like you want something to fill some of your free time, or help you make your next job move, a short virtual learning course could be just the ticket.

Photo credit: Cosmopolitan UK
Photo credit: Cosmopolitan UK

“Online courses are a great way to fill the ‘skills bridge’ as we call it,” Director of Insights at FutureLearn Hanna Celina explains. “Often, people need

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Improved Online Portal For COVID-19 Testing: Santa Clara County

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA—If you’re looking to get tested for COVID-19, there’s now more lead time offered for scheduling an appointment through an improved online portal, according to county officials.

Appointments can now be made at the rotating city-based sites a week in advance, and five days in advance at the ongoing Santa Clara County Fairgrounds operation. Appointments can be made at www.sccfreetest.org.

Santa Clara County officials are reminding residents with healthcare coverage that large healthcare systems such as Kaiser Permanente, Sutter/Palo Alto Medical Foundation and others are required by county order to offer free testing to members who:

“We are seeing gains through our efforts to keep the community healthy, but with that comes a continued responsibility for individuals to get tested,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing Officer for the County of Santa Clara. “Whether it’s done through healthcare providers or County sites run by Valley Medical Center,

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Ex-BuzzFeed star Kelsey Darragh shared her mental health journey online. Now, she wants to be a resource.

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Kelsey Darragh
  • Kelsey Darragh is a former video producer and development partner at BuzzFeed. She currently is a cast member on the E! show “Dating: No Filter.”

  • Her videos for BuzzFeed have received over 160 million views, averaging over 14 million views per video.

  • Darragh has dealt with mental illness and panic attacks for much of her life, leading her to write an upcoming book, “Don’t F*cking Panic: The Sh*t They Don’t Tell You in Therapy About Anxiety Disorders, Panic Attacks & Depression.”

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Kelsey Darragh is a comedian, video producer, podcaster, and now: author. She is best known for her numerous videos at BuzzFeed where she rose to the role of development partner. 

While she built up a following and fanbase for her playfulness and on-camera exuberance, Darragh was quietly dealing with major depressive disorder, panic attacks, and chronic pain. After opening

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3 families chose between online and in-person school. Now they’re questioning their decisions.

DETROIT — A few days before the start of the eighth grade, Jonah Beasley considered the risks he’d face when he walked back into the classroom and summed them up in stark terms.

He could get Covid-19 from a classmate or a teacher, he said, and “if I get it, I’ll probably die.”

A veteran of two heart transplants, Jonah, a soft-spoken teen who loves football and basketball, takes medicine that suppresses his immune system. He has a long list of health issues that his parents initially thought would force them to choose virtual instruction this year.

But Jonah’s lengthy hospital stays have already put him behind his peers academically and socially, said his mother, Peggy Carr-McMichael. He’s 15, two years older than most of his classmates. And Carr-McMichael saw how difficult it was for him to focus on his schoolwork and speak up during video classes last spring after

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