News | Round-up October 2

MCD and Middlesbrough Council Launch ‘Visit Middlesbrough’ App   

MCD, a digital product engineering company based in Boho 5 has worked with Middlesbrough Council to develop an app designed to boost the town centre’s economy in the aftermath of lockdown.

Lyle McCalmont, director of MCD, said: “Our aim has been to create an app that enables users to connect with what’s happening in the area and to be able find helpful information easily.

“Linking to live data sources, app users can access up-to-date information to help them plan their trip and feel safe.”

Available for free on the App Store and Google Play Store, the app will feature live safety and travel information relating to Boro’s restaurants, cafes and shops in a bid to encourage users to venture out once more.

Plans for the app also include a “What’s On” feature showing information on live events once restrictions in the area are eased.

Ashley Waters, Middlesbrough’s Executive Member for Regeneration said: “The coronavirus pandemic has shown how crucial it is to be able to provide up-to-date information to residents.

“While we recognise that not everyone in Middlesbrough is online, we also know that we live in a digital age where people want the latest news and information delivered to them quickly and easily. The Visit Middlesbrough app allows us to do this.

“We understand that some might be hesitant to return to the town centre so soon after lockdown.

“The information on this app will help people to plan their next visit safely and with confidence.” 


Samantha Lee talks local lockdown on BBC Tees 

Publicity Seekers’ Managing Director, Samantha Lee, was asked by the BBC to give her views on Hartlepool Borough Council requesting extra restrictions put upon the people of this town because there were 120 further cases of Covid-19. 

Samantha took to Facebook and said: For some perspective, I am still to find out whether these are actual cases or just positive tests because 60% of people have no symptoms, so wouldn’t be cases, the majority feel a bit under the weather, a minority need hospital treatment and sadly it takes a few, who are generally older and in ill health. 

“But say they are all cases. That’s 120 from a population of 90k. That’s 0.1% of people have Covid 19 in Hartlepool and almost all are likely to recover.  

“We can’t hide from a virus.” 

You can listen to Sam’s interview with Gary Philipson at 38 minutes in, here. 


Minecraft Dungeons shortlisted for two awards 

Double Eleven’s game, Minecraft Dungeons, has been shortlisted for two Golden Joystick Awards, including ‘Xbox Game of the Year’ and ‘Best Family Game’. 

GamesRadar+ is proud to be hosting the 38th Golden Joystick Awards, the show’s first-ever all-digital event, and you can shape which games will take home an award by heading here to have your say in the largest public-voted games awards. 

Nominations are now in and voting is open to have your say on the 18 categories. 

There is also a chance to win a gaming ebook, so have your say, here. 

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