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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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Key workers become models for Halpern’s London Fashion Week show

Ghalia, an obstetrics and gynaecology surgeon, wearing Michael Halpern's spring 2021 collection
Ghalia, an obstetrics and gynaecology surgeon, wearing Michael Halpern’s spring 2021 collection

Eight ‘heroines of the frontline’ became models at London Fashion Week on Friday, cast in a jubilant digital presentation for the designer Michael Halpern. 

A senior staff nurse at London’s Homerton Hospital and a train operator for the London Underground were among the women chosen to showcase Halpern’s spring / summer 2021 collection, unveiled via an online film in lieu of the designer’s usual, physical catwalk show.

At a time when many designers have been struggling to convey their work with impact online, Halpern’s video and the accompanying portraits feel uplifting. On a paint-splash set designed by Shona Heath, they are a reminder of the power of creativity in conveying a mood – and raising a smile. Choosing key workers as models, for Halpern, is also not a tokenistic PR stunt – he has been working with some

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Vaccine trial results could come in November; thousands of health workers have died; cases in Europe up

As the race to find a coronavirus vaccine continues, the World Health Organization on Thursday announced grim reminders of COVID-19’s global impact.

The WHO said cases are surging again in Europe, with more than half of European countries seeing a 10% or greater spike in cases. COVID-19 is also disproportionately affecting healthcare workers, according to WHO data. 

Health workers make up 2-3% of the global population but account for about 14% of reported COVID-19 cases. “Thousands of health workers infected with COVID-19 have lost their lives worldwide,” the organization said.

Meanwhile, progress towards a vaccine continued Thursday: Moderna said it was moving up its trial results timeline. The company said it could have enough clinical trial results for its candidate vaccine as soon as November.

That news followed cautions from Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Wednesday. Redfield urged the use of face masks

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Many neighborhoods destroyed as fire, smoke devastate Oregon families, workers and homeless

PHOENIX, Ore. – Betty Stevens stumbled down the street that had until a few hours ago seemed so familiar, her feet crunching through ash and debris as she entered the smoking remains of her neighborhood. There were melted street signs. Trees burned down to stumps. Power lines across the road. And everywhere she turned, choking, acrid smoke.

Sobbing behind the face mask she normally wears for her job as a hospital respiratory therapist helping coronavirus patients, Stevens, 31, video recorded herself earlier this week as she stumbled through the neighborhood, raw emotion in her voice, sometimes unable to form words, moaning in obvious pain.

“I think everything’s gone,” she says as the rising sun illuminates the destruction. “This doesn’t do justice to how terrifying and horrific this is, seeing how devastated everything is. Our homes are gone. Our homes are completely gone.”

The Alameda fire is one of more than

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Woman Impacted by 9/11 Takes Out $800K Loan Against Her NYC Home to Give PPE to Pandemic Workers

Robert A. Ripps Rhonda Roland Shearer

Rhonda Roland Shearer is no stranger to helping others obtain protective equipment in times of disaster and emergency.

Just days after the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, the New York resident and her daughter, London Allen, showed up to Ground Zero and started the main supply operation to hand out 3M P100s respirator masks and other personal protective equipment to first responders in need.

“The striking narrative was that everybody had everything they needed, but when you actually were at Ground Zero, people didn’t have it,” Shearer, 66, tells PEOPLE. “So we saw what they needed and went about getting thousands of them.”

Nineteen years later, Shearer is back on the frontlines — this time, with her nonprofit initiative, Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes, as they stand outside dozens of New York City hospitals and public housing complexes to hand out PPE kits to

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Virginia Bridal Salon Gives Free Designer Wedding Gowns to 75 Healthcare Workers

Tara Liebeck Photography

A Virginia Beach bridal salon gifted 75 designer wedding dresses to healthcare workers in recognition of their hard work and sacrifice amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Ava Clara Couture Bridal was inundated with more than 600 applications when they announced the giveaway in April, leading them to expand the original giveaway from 50 dresses to 75. The event was coordinated through Ava Clara’s non-profit organization, “Tulle 4 All”, which previously hosted a similar giveaway for teachers in 2018.

Last week, after months of waiting, the lucky brides were able to choose their free gowns during socially distanced appointments spread out across three days. The gifted wedding dresses were valued up to $4,000 and included designers such as Casablanca, Wtoo, Anne Barge, Justin Alexander, Kenneth Winston, and Tara Keel.

“We need to be giving them the utmost support and appreciation,” Alex Fleear, the owner of Ava Clara Couture

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Sex Workers Worry Bella Thorne’s $2 Million Payday Could Ruin OnlyFans

OnlyFans. A subscription platform where creators sell content directly to fans that has, since its inception in 2016, primarily been used by sex workers, OnlyFans has seen a tremendous jump in membership since March, with a 75% increase month-to-month in new signups. A plug from Beyonce in her “Savage” remix, compounded with mainstream celebrities like Cardi B and Blac Chyna joining the platform, has only added to its popularity, to the degree that starting an OnlyFans account to make easy money has become something of a meme.” data-reactid=”19″Since the start of the pandemic back in March, most companies have taken a tremendous financial hit — but that’s not so for OnlyFans. A subscription platform where creators sell content directly to fans that has, since its inception in 2016, primarily been used by sex workers, OnlyFans has seen a tremendous jump in membership since March, with a 75%

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Teachers, deemed ‘essential workers’ by White House, now likely to have to keep working after COVID exposure: ‘Risks lives,’ says union

Science teacher Camille Flournoy set out masks for her students on Aug. 18 in Twin Falls, Idaho. Flournoy and other teachers are now officially considered
Science teacher Camille Flournoy set out masks for her students on Aug. 18 in Twin Falls, Idaho. Flournoy and other teachers are now officially considered “essential workers.” (Photo: Drew Nash/Times-News via AP)

For America’s teachers, back-to-school season has been a whirlwind of learning new safety protocols and adjusting existing teaching structures — either for in-person learning or continued online classes. But for educators in states where in-person classes are moving forward, a new mandate from the White House is likely making the new school year seem even more daunting.

Teachers, as Vice President Mike Pence informed state governors earlier this week, will now be classified as “essential workers,” meaning they will be subject to guidelines under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “critical infrastructure” workforce. Previously a designation used for doctors, first responders and law enforcement, the distinction includes guidance that suggests those who are directly exposed to the

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How much 15 types of essential workers earn

Since the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, many people have been able to keep working online.

Others don’t have that luxury. They’ve had to risk their health to perform vital jobs and services to keep the country afloat with thousands sick and dying of COVID-19 and millions losing their jobs.

For a look at what some of these vital workers are paid, we examine the mean (average) hourly wage of 15 essential professions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nurses

Cryptographer / Shutterstock.com
Cryptographer / Shutterstock.com

These heroic folks are the one of the backbones of the health care industry. Often they work huge caseloads and long hours.

Registered nurses are paid an average hourly wage of $37.24, with South Dakota registered nurses paid the least and those in California paid the most. We give the details in “How Much Nurses Make in Every State.”

Nurse practitioners — registered nurses who

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Engineered decoys trap virus in test tube study; healthcare workers at high risk even with protections

By Nancy Lapid

(Reuters) – The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Open https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/yxmvjqywprz/index.html in an external browser for a Reuters graphic on vaccines and treatments in development.

Engineered decoys trap virus before it can enter cells

The new coronavirus enters cells by attaching to a protein on the cell membrane called the ACE2 receptor. Scientists have now developed a decoy version of ACE2 that lures the virus and traps it, preventing it from infecting human lung cells in test tubes. “We have engineered our ACE2 Trap to bind 100 to 1,000 times tighter to the virus than normal ACE2 that is on victim cells. This provides even more potent blockage that is comparable to neutralizing antibodies,” Dr. James Wells of the University of California

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