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How banker's son, 37, behind revolutionary adult site OnlyFans is making millions during lockdown - Brinkwire
He is the son of a banker and lives in a gated mansion but Timothy Stokely did not make his money from any ordinary means. Mr Stokely, 37, is the founder of London-based OnlyFans, the online adult service booming in popularity where ‘creators’ share content for a subscription fee. OnlyFans has only been in existence for four years but it has already been credited with revolutionising the adult industry, but some performers have claimed they feel pimped by the service. Fans pay anywhere from £3.90 to £39 a month for pictures from their favourite creators, while the site takes 20 per cent commission. The site has boomed during the coronavirus lockdown, with a 42 per cent increase in new accounts being made during the period, taking the total to nearly 100,000 Britons. Worldwide there are 660,00 creator accounts with 50million users and OnlyFans boasts it has paid creators more than £956m. This would mean Mr Stokely has seen the company draw in revenues of more than more than £1.2bn. These no doubt helped the entrepreneur afford his £2.4million mansion in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, complete with a cinema and sauna. Since appearing on Love Island in 2018, Megan Barton Hanson has joined X-rated subscription site, building up a huge following. During lockdown British glamour model Dannii Harwood became the first Briton to make £1million from the website since joining in 2019. Ms Harwood told the New York Times: ‘You can get porn for free. Guys dont want to pay for that. ‘They want the opportunity to get to know somebody theyve seen in a magazine or on social media. Im like their online girlfriend’. But not everyone has had such a positive experience creating content for the site. OnlyFans content creator Ana, 25, from the northwest, told The Sunday Times she felt weird selling her body online. She said: ‘Its almost like theyre pimping us out and taking their cut.’ Another creator added ‘it just feels like virtual prostitution’ but Stokely insists creators chose to be on the site themselves. He said: ‘All the creators have joined the platform by choice, and create content as they choose.’ Lexi, a 36-year-old pole dancer from Manchester, made about £1,000 in the first month, which she used to pay her rent and bills. She said: ‘You’re basically working as a commission-only salesperson. If you don’t do the work, you don’t get paid. ‘If you’re going to set up a subscription site for a bit of fun – please don’t. There are people who are using it to try and survive at the moment. ‘Set your boundaries before you make your content. Remember that it is out there forever.’ Teela Sanders, a criminology professor at the University of Leicester, said those setting up profiles must be properly protected. She said: ‘There certainly is a lot more that needs to be done, especially as we see new platforms popping up all of the time, which don’t necessarily have the awareness that they need to be responsible platforms.’ Mr Stokely built OnlyFans after previously starting BDSM and fetish site GlamWorship.com in 2011. He noticed a demand for customisable content from fans leading to his next venture Customs4U.com, where users could pay to ask porn stars for content they desired. Cutting the cost of studios for traditional porn and a huge demand for more personalised content led to large profits and the site was sold in 2019. Mr Stokely said he ‘stumbled across the appeal of fetish movies’ while studying at Anglia Ruskin University in a 2014 Reddit post. He also admitted to having watched more than a million porn videos, becoming ‘immune to weirdness’. In the post he said: ‘I have seen a million and one. You sort of become immune to weirdness. A hazard of the job.’ After an OnlyFans was last year, the spotlight has been on the platform to prioritise the privacy of their members. Screenshots with an iOS or Android device now a black screen rather than allowing users to save the picture Users can be banned from OnlyFans if youre caught trying to take recordings or screenshots. A statement on the website reads: OnlyFans takes content piracy very seriously and has a designated DMCA team that issue formal takedown notices against all reported copyright violations.’ Our DMCA team issue notice on all illicit target websites, hosting services and domain registrars, whilst also notifying all major search engines of these infringements.
COVID-19 Update: UK Contact Tracing App in the Works, to Identify Areas with High Infection Rates - Brinkwire
The United Kingdom authorities and health officials are developing a new app for contact tracing, with the ability to detect areas with high-risk infections, Engadget reported. The app reportedly presents features “useful beyond exposure warnings.” Sources from various media outlets reveal that the NHS’ innovation department is also developing the app to carry more features. This includes the “Geiger counter” map, which can detect and warn areas with higher infection areas. For instance, a neighborhood with several cases among its residents. RELATED STORY: Coronavirus Risk: If You’re Blood-Type A, Look Out for COVID-19! Here’s Why You Maybe More Vulnerable Other features included in the app development are building barcodes to allow workplaces to know if they have come to contact with an infected individual. It also includes a timer for individuals prompted to implement self-quarantine. There is no comment yet from the Department for Health and Social Care, particularly from their spokesperson regarding the official confirmation on these details. However, they emphasized the support for NHS testing and tracing services. Plus, there are more features to be added. According to the report, there will also be new “PPEs in the pocket” schemes in the marketing campaigns to further mitigate the issues. Widescale distribution of the app to test is necessary to prevent more infections leading to intensifying lockdowns. However, there are no guarantees that the public will be able to download this. For instance, Singapore recently launched “smart bracelets” to address the struggle of encouraging people to use the app. With these bracelets, they can easily access these apps whenever needed without pulling out devices and managing the touch screen. There are now more than 10 million COVID-19 confirmed cases worldwide, with more than 500,000 deaths and five million recoveries. However, the number is continuously growing. RELATED STORY: Shocking Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Can be Transmitted to Online Items Even After 9 Days – Study In Asia, the Philippines has recently been declared the country with the fastest-rising number of cases in the entire Western Pacific, local media reported. In just two weeks, the country recorded the fastest rise of confirmed cases with COVID-19 in the region, more than three times the spread in the neighboring country of Singapore, presently in the “second wave.” There are more than 8,000 new cases in the Philippines since June 16, the highest among 22 nations in Asia. The Southeast Asian country is also the first in the world where a foreigner, a Chinese national, has died of the virus in its first months since December 31, 2019. Meanwhile, The Guardian reported care home residents in the United Kingdom were more likely to yield to COVID-19 than any other European nation, except Spain, studies have shown. The number of residents dying in these facilities was a third higher in Italy and Ireland, and approximately double that in Sweden and France. In Germany, the country is 13 times higher.
Mercury Pollution has Reached the Deepest Trench, Plus the Mystery of California Earthquake Swarm Answered - Brinkwire
Pollution in the sea is nothing new, but scientists have yet to realize the extent of the damage man’s activities on land has done. In a report by Newsweek, a team of researchers has detected mercury pollution at the bottom of the deepest trench in the world: Mariana Trench. According to the experts, the substance they detected is known as methylmercury, which is the toxic form of mercury and could easily accumulate in certain animals, including the crustaceans and fishes living in the trench that reaches a depth of up to 36,000 feet. Although the experts say that mercury could be released by natural phenomena like volcanic eruptions, most of the mercury they detected in the trench resulted from human activities like metal mining and production. Read Also: Saharan Dust Plume is Completing its 5,000-Mile Trek From Africa to U.S. This Week, But How Will it Affect You? In a research led by Joel Blum from the University of Michigan, the team acquired samples from the fishes and crustaceans in Mariana Trench from the depths of around 23,000 to 33,000 feet, located near the Philippines and the Kermadec trench in New Zealand. They detected mercury in the samples they gathered with the chemical signature of the substance, indicating that it came from the atmosphere and ended up in the water through the rain. Blum did say that some of the mercury they have found in the samples might have occurred naturally, but the researchers believe most of it most likely came from human activity. Additionally, the researcher said the mercury emission from humans had exceeded natural emission by three-fold. “The key finding is that mercury released by humans and deposited from the atmosphere to the surface of the oceans is being transported to the most remote and deepest environments in the ocean,” Blum said. According to Science Alert, experts in the field were able to unearth the mystery’s answer by creating a 3D model of the fault zone with the help of a machine-learning algorithm. Based on their study, they found that some fluid might be the culprit, probably carbon dioxide in liquid form or water, which possibly breached a barrier of the underground rock and changed the balance of pressure and the friction along the fault line. This could have led to a series of minor tremors in the area. Unlike a significant earthquake wherein one major event is followed by minor tremors, an earthquake swarm does not have any significant event. The Cahuilla swarm, as it is known, occurred near Mt. San Jacinto in southern California. “We used to think of faults more in terms of two dimensions: like giant cracks extending into the earth,” said Ross. “What we’re learning is that you really need to understand the fault in three dimensions to get a clear picture of why earthquake swarms occur.” Read Also: Scientists Discover Buried Ancient Roman Temple Size of Cathedral Using Special Ground-Penetrating Radar