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  2. On the Road with SBB

    A collection of photos over the years
  3. Thank you 2016

    WITH A LITTLE RAIN, SHE FOUND HER RAINBOW. Thank you 2016. I am going to keep all the good memories and lovely moments you gifted me with... and accept the lessons that came my way this year. Most importantly, I am letting go of any negativity that could possibly diminish my JOY in 2017.
  4. Fake News on Facebook

    GERMANY THREATENS TO FINE FACEBOOK FOR EACH FAKE NEWS POST December 17, 2016 Earlier this week, Facebook said that it would be partnering with fact-checking sites like Snopes to help weed out the fake news that has been plaguing the site in recent years. But it seems that Germany is not confident that self-regulation will be enough. The chairman of Germany’s Social Democratic Party, Thomas Oppermann, has suggested a new law that would require companies like Facebook to set up an office in the country that would deal with fake news and hate speech at all hours of the day. According to English-language version of the German news site Deutsche Welle, German legislators are considering whether to institute a policy that if Facebook’s local office did not delete the news item or hate speech within 24 hours, the social network could expect a fine of €500,000 euros ($522,575) per item. The move is partly in response to fears that fake news posts could have an affect on the German parliamentary elections taking place in 2017, according to the Financial Times. Facebook has repeatedly said since the Nov. 8 election of Donald Trump in the US that fake news on its site, which has roughly 180 million users in the US and Canada, could not have affected the election. Facebook’s insistence that it’s not a media company, even though it’s suspended foreign news outlets and blocked iconic war photographs in recent months, came at a time when it was revealed that the 20 highest-performing fake news stories outperformed the 20 most-read news stories from legitimate news outlets. The ruling coalition in Germany, which includes the Christian Democratic Union, chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, has said that it wants to have laws in the books mitigating the spread of fake news and hate speech before the 2017 election, according to Deutsche Welle. GO TO PAGE
  5. Those of us who are solo estheticians or have small esthetics businesses and spas, may not always have the need to place large orders at one time. The obstacle isn't necessarily related to financial limitations or shelf space, but rather the expiration date of products. For example, if we are a small business and we are forced to order $200 worth of products at one time, how is it possible for us to calculate EXACTLY which specific products our existing clients are going to run out of -- or what new clients will want to purchase -- on any given day, week or month? It's an educated guess at best. And if we are wrong, we will have products sitting on our shelves that will expire before we can sell them...or our clients will be purchasing "stale" products rather than fresh products. A lot of us have had the experience where a skin care product line that we love, and our clients love, raise their minimum order requirements to the point that we can no longer carry the line. These companies apparently forget that a lot of solo estheticians were an integral part of their success in their early years. We gave these companies a try and if we liked them, we promoted them to our clients and to other estheticians. And then the company got successful so they decide to increase their minimum order requirement, and continuing to carry the line no longer makes financial sense for us. Why? Because we don't want to sell our clients anything less than the freshest and most-effective products. I have always wondered, since we pay the shipping fees, why does it matter whether they are shipping out $75 worth or $200 worth of products? But thankfully, there are so many wonderful product lines that DO support solo estheticians and smaller esthetics businesses. They have low or no minimum order requirements which means the products we use in our services, and the products we sell to clients for home use, are always fresh. We are very happy to support and promote those companies who support us.
  6. In the USA, most state licenses read "esthetician;" however, there are a few states in which the license title is "aesthetician." Except from Diane's Blog (10-23-16): No such thing as a Medical Esthetician or Clinical Esthetician As of this writing, there is NO such thing as a Medical Esthetician or a Clinical Esthetician anywhere in the United States of America (even if working in a medical setting), I see estheticians using those fake titles all the time. And because that license doesn’t actually exist, there is no way for a consumer to assess what criteria (if any!) elevates that esthetician to a higher level. So this is false advertising, it is illegal and it can be dangerous. Master Esthetician: Only in FOUR states Another title that is too often used inappropriately is “Master Esthetician.” Some estheticians apparently believe that it is the number of years they have been licensed that somehow qualifies them to wear the (fake) crown of a Master Esthetician. But it doesn’t work that way. Years in the treatment is no measure of an esthetician’s education and skill level, due to how rapidly and significantly the field of esthetics has evolved and how techonologically advanced it has become over the years. There are currently four U.S. states that do actually offer a Master Esthetician license, so of course those Estheticians can and should use that title. But sadly, more often than not, I see the Master Esthetician title used most often in states where there is no Master Esthetician license available. This is extremely unfair to those estheticians who legitimately earned that Master Estheticians in one of those four states.
  7. Note: Regulations may be pending in other states. Check with the State Department of Regulatory Agencies to be sure no new requirements exist in those states not listed here. A copy of current regulations is generally available at no charge unless otherwise indicated. Please Read: This listing contains a summarized version of the state regulations. We encourage you to view the state documents in full for a more detailed understanding of the regulations. Aesthetics International Association
  8. 2017 trade show calendar GO TO PAGE
  9. GET PAID for what you love to do! If you have a strong desire to mentor and share your knowledge with other like-minded individuals that are seeking a higher standard through certification and have great organizational and communication skills–our industry needs you! You know you are the right person if you: Enjoy sharing your knowledge, See the potential in others, Represent the essence of the NCEA Certified professional Learn more Mentoring the next generation of Estheticians provides the opportunity to change our profession’s future. –Susanne S. Warfield, NCEA’s Founder & CEO
  10. A Prep Class is an interactive study group that allows the candidate to further their knowledge development. Its an excellent way to "brush-up" on skills, develop a nurturing mentor relationship with their instructor, and provides more interaction than if the candidate only used the self-study method. Utilizing the training manual format, the instructor will review study objectives and knowledge reviews, provide interactive verbal quizzes, and conclude the class with a sample written test. This sample test provides the candidate with an overview of how a test question will appear on the examination. NCEA Certified prep classes
  11. Unfortunately, many have been victims of CPR Certifying Fraudulent activity; both online and in person. So most definitely you want to Protect yourself from Fraudulent Providers and Fake CPR ACLS & PALS cards. American Heart Association
  12. Be really careful about what you read -- and especially what you believe -- on Facebook (and other social media sites). This article was cut and pasted from Forbes.com, a reputable source of information. Fake news has been in the news. But one important question about fake news has not yet been answered: How much revenue would Facebook sacrifice if it purged fake news from its site? Sadly, I can’t provide a reliable figure — but I’d estimate that getting rid of fake news could cost Facebook about $15 billion in the next year – over half its advertising revenue — if one were to assume a BuzzFeed News analysis of top fake news traffic before the election is a good proxy for Facebook’s fake news revenue. In a November 26 interview, Harvard Business School professor Ben Edelman suggested that my estimate is too high. Though he believes more data is needed, he thinks an eighth is a more reasonable estimate of the proportion of Facebook’s ad revenue attributable to fake news. If these guesses are anywhere near accurate, I can see why Mark Zuckerberg does not want to rid Facebook of fake news — which the Chrome Extension B.S. Detector developed by web designer Daniel Sieradski could flag with a red banner that reads “this website is considered a questionable source,” according to Vocativ. A Facebook spokesman told BuzzFeed News that the top stories don’t reflect overall engagement on the platform. According to the spokesman, “There is a long tail of stories on Facebook. It may seem like the top stories get a lot of traction, but they represent a tiny fraction of the total.” I have contacted Facebook for comment on my estimate and will update the post should I receive a reply. Before getting into that, let’s define fake news and discuss why people seem to like it so much. Fake news is easy to define — it’s a story dressed up as news that is based on false information. As the New York Times pointed out, a great example is the fake news based on a tweet of a November 9 photograph of a bus in Austin, Tex. that supposedly had transported paid protestors of the recent election outcome. That tweet was shared 350,000 times on Facebook – and an article based on the November 11 correction – noting that the bus was being used for a Tableau Software business conference – was shared a paltry 3,500 times. Fake news works — in the sense of generating lots of shares — because of confirmation bias — the irrational tendency of people to embrace information that reinforces their beliefs and to reject information that challenges them.
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