Replicated from Louisiana Dept of Health. Click link for original passage.
Governor John Bel Edwards announced the launch of COVID Defense, Louisiana’s exposure notification mobile application for iPhone & Google Android phones to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Louisianans can now receive notifications informing them if there is a risk they were exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. Use of the technology is completely voluntary, private, and secure. COVID Defense does not collect the location of a phone or individual to detect exposure, and it does not share a user's identity. App users must opt in to use the tool and may opt out at any time. No personal information is required to use the app.
“In the last few weeks, we’ve seen staggering numbers in terms of deaths and cases and those numbers should give us pause. Last week we also reported our first case of the more contagious UK variant of COVID,” said Governor Edwards. “Until the majority of the general public has received the COVID vaccine, we cannot let up and will need to lean on every other tool available to us. COVID Defense adds another tool to our toolkit to slow the spread of this dangerous virus.”
COVID Defense can be downloaded in the iPhone App Store or Android Google Play Store.
When COVID Defense is voluntarily activated, the tool uses Bluetooth technology to exchange random tokens between phones without revealing the user's identity or location. To help ensure these random tokens can’t be used to identify you or your location, they change every 10-20 minutes.
On a daily basis, an individual’s mobile phone will download a list of all the anonymous tokens associated with positive COVID-19 cases and checks them against the list of anonymous tokens it has encountered in the last 14 days. If there’s a match, the app will notify you with further instructions on how to keep you and the people around you safe.
“Louisiana’s free, easy-to-use phone app will give our residents the information they need to fight COVID-19 and protect their loved ones without compromising anyone’s privacy,” said Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health. “Like wearing a mask, washing our hands and social distancing, COVID Defense is one more measure we can all take.”
COVID Defense works in three easy steps:
1. Download the application
Download the free app in the iPhone App Store or Android Google Play Store. Add your phone to Louisiana's exposure notification system to get COVID-19 exposure alerts and to protect those around you.
2. Opt in anonymously
Once you opt in, COVID Defense will generate an anonymous token for your device. To help ensure these anonymous tokens can’t be used to identify you or your location, they change every 10-20 minutes.
3. Get notified if exposed
On a daily basis, your phone downloads a list of all the anonymous tokens associated with positive COVID-19 cases and checks them against the list of anonymous tokens it has encountered in the last 14 days. If there’s a match, the app will notify you with further instructions on how to keep you and the people around you safe.
For more information or to download the application, visit coviddefensela.com.
February 4, 2016
By EMMANNUEL S. SELF (via Facebook Note)
To whom it may concern:
With all the abandoned buildings on Foster Drive and Plank road, there should be something done to them to help with productivity in North Baton Rouge.
I have a lot of ideas as to what should happen to some of those buildings that I'm willing to share.
A soup kitchen that's maintained by students of the Culinary school. Culinary students can work/manage this soup kitchen for college credit, volunteer work and maybe a small pay for their hard work (or maybe the possible payment could go into their tuition or something). The idea is that the culinary school would have some firsthand experience in the field and some homeless people get to eat in the process.
I dub this idea "Second Chance"--it's pretty much a combination of a homeless shelter, rehab center, GED Center, Mental Health and Workforce Assistance. Homeless people could live at the shelter for as long as they need to until they're cleaned up of all the drugs or mental problems that harbor them and while they're in the program, they could be placed in jobs or schooling. If they relapse or something happens, they just go back to the program until they can find another job and such.
My other idea is a park. First story could have weight training, an indoor track, a basketball court (maybe a few). Outside could be a wide open field and a forested area with trees. The second layer could be a lounge with a couch, a television, maybe some video games, a place to go to buy some healthy snacks, maybe a restaurant. A pool should be included for those that want to learn how to swim as well as a matted room to help people that want to practice their gymnastics. The idea of this is that it'll be an ultimate park. A place that has everything that this town may need for recreation and the building on the corner of Foster and Choctaw seems like a pretty good place to make that happen.
I'd personally try to initiate these myself but I lack the funding and the assistance to make these into a reality. However, I hope my suggestion doesn't fall on deaf ears. I've lived in North Baton Rouge for a long time (back when that Star Hill Church was just a bunch of trees) and if there's one thing I know is that the reason behind the crime is simply because people are bored and it's not like there's something to do nearby to go to.
The distance between progress is almost unreachable thanks to the notoriously inadequate public transportation but rather than relocate everything. I suggest we take charge and do something with all the empty space we have here. Some of these buildings have been sitting for years with nothing done to them. Isn't it time that changes for the better?
These ideas will not only help the people but provide jobs that could actually become stable (if you ask the people that work at the Eden Park Library Branch, I'm sure they can tell you that it's not all bad on this side).
The more progress that happens on both sides of town, the better the local economy can be and the better the reputation for the entire city. Please consider this.
Special thanks to Emmannuel Self for allowing us to repost this note.
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Mother's Day is two days away, and you have no idea of what to get her. However, you do have a few extra dollars on you. What should you do?
I'm Javan H., and I began posting #JavanDoesBatonRouge blogs on my home site for quite a while. As a member of the MSTv family, I've decided to share it with you, right here. Let's rewind the clock to spring 2014...
The Gilded Lily is a jewelry and crafts boutique located on Lobdell Avenue in the Towne Center area. I first learned about them from a television ad circa 2006, roughly a year after I moved to Baton Rouge from the storm. Even as a seventeen year-old, I knew it would be the perfect place to find gifts for the women in my family, but I simply hadn’t been able to get there. Fast-forward to 2013, I saw a silver-haired lady repainting the familiar wooden sign in front of the building. I had passed The Gilded Lily all these years, and in seeing her out there, I realized that I now had the means to make my first trip there. Either which way, it would take another year for me to actually set foot.
Now in 2014, I already knew what I was getting my mom for Mother’s Day, but I was unsure for my grandmother. Out of nowhere…boom…The Gilded Lily came to mind. I’ll go ahead and say this: part of what took me so long to visit was the area; Towne Center is the Rodeo Drive of Baton Rouge. With the word ‘gilded’ being part of the store’s name and me being a college student on the come-up at the time, I figured the prices would be out of my range. But the minute I took the first step through their residential-style door, I knew I had hit the jackpot.
The Gilded Lily has two large display windows on front, filled with porcelain dolls, jewelry, china, and paintings and beyond. This was only a tease of what the entire store had to offer. From that point, I didn’t know what to get! I remember the store having a staff of at least six women, with some helping customers and others crafting the jewelry. Yes, most of what The Gilded Lily sells is custom, handmade and tailored to you, a.k.a. ‘gilding the lily.’
A Black lady, whose name sadly escapes me, helped me. Through her assistance I chose a pair of silver and onyx earrings, marked down to $36 (I believe they were half-off). Onyx is a semiprecious black stone, and when it comes to accessories, black is my preference. The color blends with everything, adding a touch of elegance to any and every outfit. She then offered to gift-wrap them at no cost! There was a glitch in the system when it came time to ring up, but the issue was quickly resolved.
The Gilded Lily opened in 2003 by “Pearl Ladies” Anne Arceneaux and Carmen Cantwell, who I saw repainting the sign. As stated before, The Gilded Lily has something to offer anyone of any gender and age, but they specialize in custom pearl jewelry for women. As I briefly browsed the store, I noticed a rack of necklaces on the leftmost wall akin to the 1MX displays at Express. I swear, I saw every single color of jewels you could imagine, and if you wanted a different color, the GIA-certified jewelers would make that for you custom! The prices were all over the map, all of which were reasonable; I’ve seen sale items in the teens of dollars, with antiques, replicas and estate pieces reaching the thousands. I’ll also point out that The Gilded Lily designed jewelry for The Twilight Saga—Breaking Dawn. The collection was available to the public, with prices ranging from $30 to $4000. The Gilded Lily also sold pieces from the Joan Rivers Classic and Jacqueline Kennedy Collections.
I was given my merchandise in a gold bag, the earrings wrapped in a gold box with a blue ribbon. The ten-years-long wait was over, and I left The Gilded Lily a happy…gilded camper. I gave the box to my grandmother on Mother’s Day, along with my traditional sarcastic greeting card. To this day, as you’re reading this blog, Grandma has yet to take off the earrings. I rest my case.
Thank you, The Gilded Lily.
The Gilded Lily is located at 1680 Lobdell Avenue here in Baton Rouge, Suite A in a small strip on your right-hand side if you’re headed towards Towne Center. You won’t miss it because of the large wooden sign along the street. You can reach The Gilded Lily through the following:
Phone: (225) 218-8165
Fax: (225) 218-8356
The Gilded Lily also has an online store at www.thegildedlily.biz. However, I highly recommend everyone visit the brick and mortar store at least once, as the experience is too great to pass up.
Stay tuned for more as I continue to roam around Baton Rouge. Support our local businesses.
So there you have it--my first #JavanDoesBatonRouge post at MyScene TV. I hope you've enjoyed it, and I plan to post many more soon. With that said, make sure to go out and get your mom something special at The Gilded Lily.
By: Kent B. - MSTv
The possibility of the proposed annex city of St George seems closer to fruition than many would like. And the general reasoning to dispute the creation of this new city, (built within the UN-incorporated portion of the existing city of Baton Rouge) is that it seems to be promoting a return to school segregation.
This movement, started by residents of the more affluent and Caucasian areas of Baton Rouge, began this effort to create a local independent school district in the southeastern part of East Baton Rouge Parish.
These citizens made it clear that they were dissatisfied by the quality of their children's area public schools. Cited incidents of violence, over-sized classes, lack of teachers and generally poor national average school test scores in the Parish, fueled their arguments for a change.
This is perceived to be the primary and often only argument stressed in fueling their decision to separate from the city of Baton Rouge proper.
As the concerned citizens represent more than two-thirds of the parish's tax base, they seek a visible change to their concerns. But, this change will primarily affect the lower economic, minority classes and those who use the school busing system.
This move will essentially end busing to the new area and perhaps deny students availability to better areas to receive their education.
Simply put, this change will make the proposed new city of St. George a richer and "whiter" area that once represented a part of the city of Baton Rouge, LA - on the whole.
Is this something we in 2014, want? Is any type of racial and economic separation fair when it comes to our children receiving decent educational options?
And is any excuse or argument to this end, fair?
Take a look at this Frontline report and after, let us hear your thoughts.
Reproduced from: theadvocate.com
One evening a year, as the clock ticks toward midnight, New Orleans musicians, artists, photographers, authors and film directors come together for an annual grassroots commemorative event, to share with the public their artistic response to Hurricane Katrina.
“We have it on the anniversary eve of Katrina, because that is the day that our lives were normal — and then it crosses over into midnight where our lives were changed forever,” said Patty Lee, founder and host of Katrina Artistically Revisited.
Now in its eighth year, Katrina Artistically Revisited is free and open to the public. The event is hosted annually by Lee and her husband, the New Orleans musician and entertainer Armand St. Martin.
“It is totally the community giving back to the community,” said Lee. “We stay reverent and respectful, and we try to stay away from anything controversial — people will be entertained while also being reflective about Katrina.”
Katrina Artistically Revisited will be held at The Theatres at Canal Place on Wednesday. Starting at 8:30 p.m. in the lobby, there will be exhibits of Katrina-related books and photographs, while people have a chance to share their stories and mingle with Katrina survivors and first responders.
From 10 p.m. there will be an array of Katrina-related musical performances, clips from award-winning documentaries, photographs and slide shows with personal stories from Katrina survivors.
Katrina survivors themselves, Lee and St. Martin evacuated and came back one month later to find their Mid-City home, where St. Martin was born, flooded and without a roof.
Lee’s mother passed away in June 2006, before the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and Lee set about finding a way to honor her and everything New Orleanians had been through.
“We had this film, ‘Stillness,’ so I put together this idea of an annual event,” Lee said.
Said St. Martin: “We knew it was up to people like us to maintain and retain our part of New Orleans culture, because so much was torn apart by the diaspora. As the years have gone by there has been a lot of artistic response to the storm.”
Every year, locals and visitors keep coming back to remember, to learn and to heal through the sharing of visual art, music and words.
“We do it to remember those who perished,” Lee said, “and to honor those who survived.”
We got a brief glimpse into the new film, "Maze Runner" (which is being shot here in Baton Rouge) when we interviewed its star, MTV's Teen Wolf actor, Dylan O'Brien on May 27th. (See full interview here)
Well, it seems that the production is looking for local actors, with military backgrounds, to play soldiers in the feature-film adaptation of the popular teen-marketed book.
The scenes will be shot over two days around July 8-10 and the producers are seeking eight physically fit men between 30 to 45 years old with short, military-style hair. The chosen will be required to work outdoors in full military gear.
If interested and qualified, please send your information and stats, 2 photos (1 waist up & 1 full body shot. Both should show you clean shaven and wearing a plain white tee and slacks) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicant's wardrobe sizes should also be included. Sizes sought are 40-44 coats, 32-36 waist and between 5' 9 to 6' 1 in height. Compensation will be $101.50 for 12 hours.
The film is based on the novel trilogy, "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner. The story tells the tale of a boy named Thomas who awakens with his memory wiped to find himself among a community of boys trapped in a maze known as "The Glade." When a mysterious girl arrives with a strange note, their hope for escape is rekindled.
Teen Wolf star, Dylan O'Brien is cast as Thomas with several young actors of note and merit as his co-stars.
The local production has been shooting since early May and is expecting to wrap-up in July.
The film is targeting a release date of Feb. 14, 2014.
When Holly Silva Richard, owner of C'est Bon Reception & Banquet Facility in St. Amant, Louisiana saw a contest on Facebook to 'Name Our Sex Column,' she hurriedly entered her suggestion. Silva and her husband, '...had a get-a-way to Virginia planned [and] wanted to take the Deluxe Over The Door Sex Swing (Grand Prize),' with them for a fun time.
The contest ran for nearly 6 weeks with Facebook fans of adult romance company, The L Bar (www.facebook.com/thelbar) chiming in to make their suggestions in hopes of winning. It was Silva's, "Things That Make You Go Ummm," that raised the eyebrows of The L Bar CEO and Romance Expert JP Dunbar. "All I kept thinking was, "Wow - folks out there would love this! I couldn't wait to get the column going."
'Things That Make You Go Ummm' will begin featuring romance topics and tips weekly starting May 30, 2013. If you have a question that you'd like answered or need ideas to keep your bedroom play spicy, drop us a line at email@example.com.
The drive-in is replaced by the walk-in!
By: Alex Templar - MSTv
Its been a popular event rolling around town for the past few years. But like all great things, in order to grow, it has to evolve. To that point, The Baton Rouge Gallery's "Movies on the Lawn" series now adds, "Music" to its title.
This newest offering will be showcasing its usual classic films, but now local musicians will accent the films and entertain the crowds afterwards. The series begins May 25th with the film, "The Artist."
“This year, we’re opening our series with a silent film made in modern times,” says Jason Andreasen, the gallery’s executive director. “And we’re excited to be able to get it for this year. The Artist is a perfect fit for the gallery to kick of its 2013 Movies & Music on the Lawn series, because both the film and the series reinvigorate our love of silent film with unique presentation.
Local artists, Captain Green will accompany the film with an original score.”
Captain Green rocks out
The group was formed in 2010 and has been a favorite at festivals and local music venues, proclaiming its genre as “intergalactic space funk,” a high energy fusing of electric jazz and New Orleans style funk.
This will be Captain Green’s third year to perform at Movies & Music.
The series will continue with monthly events through September with five screenings: The General, starring Buster Keaton and featuring Righteous Buddha performing a new score on Saturday, June 29; The Black Pirate with music by The Breton Sound on Saturday, July 27; Nosferatu, with a score by England in 1819 on Friday, Aug. 30; and Clara Bow starring as the original “it girl” in It with music by bluegrass darlings Polly Pry on Friday, Sept. 27.
Movies will begin at sundown, and as always, visitors show up early with food and beverages, and blankets to spread on the ground. The $5 admission will include free popcorn.
“This series has been breathing new life into silent film for local audiences for 20 years,” Andreasen said.
Making the world safer with the funk!
Reproduced from The Advocate.com
Many high school kids dream of graduating and spending their lives hanging out, making music with friends and traveling the world. Flow Tribe is living that dream. The six friends, born and raised in New Orleans, are classmates from Brother Martin High School who see themselves as cultural ambassadors for the Big Easy.
Flow Tribe’s lead vocalist, K.C. O’Rorke, said the band is infused with the myriad sounds of the New Orleans music scene. “Our earliest musical memory was second line at a parade, hearing the bass drum boom,” O’Rorke said. “You’re raised in an environment where music is such a part of the culture that it permeates everything you do. That’s the big thing for us. We try to be cultural ambassadors for New Orleans. We should be getting some tourism kickbacks.”
The lineup of Flow Tribe is O’Rorke (lead vocals/trumpet), Mario Palmisano (guitar), Chad Penot (bass/vocals), Russel Olschner (drums), Bryan Santos (guitar, percussion) and John-Michael Early (harmonica/washboard/vocals).
The sextet officially settled on the name Flow Tribe in 2006. For seven years they have been a relentlessly touring band, blasting fans away with bluesy rock with a flare of funk and the occasional breeze of Havana air. They call it “backbone-cracking music.”
With three full-length albums in the bag, Flow Tribe is embarking upon a new journey with their latest EP, “Painkiller.” The official album release will be at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans May 18.
The band will be stopping is Baton Rouge and touring on a festival-filled summer that includes New Orleans Food & Wine Experience, Riverfest in Arkansas, Bay Bridge Fest in Mississippi and Wakarusa in Arkansas.
“We’ve got to show Baton Rouge some love, because they’ve always supported us,” O’Rorke said, so Flow Tribe is doing a sneak peek of the album at the Chelsea’s show on the 17th.
By: Jude Falcon - MSTv
Its rare when we see someone do the incredible, but we've seen it today in the music of Jake Shimabukuro. And he did it, amazingly enough, with a ukulele; that "mini-me" cousin of the guitar.
It seems unlikely to think that this small instrument, which brings up memories of that musical madman, Tiny Tim and his many "tiptoes through the tulips," might be welded with such a precision to play that Michael Jackson hit, Billie Jean. But it seems Shimabukuro likes to do the improbable. Just view the video below.
“It’s capable of playing a lot different styles of music,” Shimabukuro said. “People thought you could only play simple songs on it but now they are realizing that, ‘Wow, I can play complicated tunes. I can play songs that are hip and cool.’ That draws people in. And it’s very affordable.”
Having played the instrument since he was 4, Shimabukuro, an admittedly horrible singer, focused on playing melodies because most people didn't get his strumming.
So, he practiced, improvised and perfected his own style. “I needed to figure out how to make the arrangements exciting,” he said. “So I incorporated a lot of percussive, rhythmic things.”
And now, the diligence of this 36 year old Hawaii native has paid off. His unique style has made Shimabukuro a Youtube star and he now tours nationwide to amazed and sold out audiences. His reasoning for this? Far too many people underestimate the power of the ukulele.
“When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time experimenting with amplifying the ukulele, to make it growl, to make it roar. Because everyone knows the soft, gentle side of the instrument, but there’s a beast that lives in the instrument as well. It’s been fun discovering that and showing people that side of the instrument.”
And roar it will as Jake takes to Baton Rouge's Shaw Center stage, on March 23 at 8 pm sharp. If you think he can't surprise you as well, then perhaps you need to take a second look at the video above.
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