In­ter­net fault hits High­land schools

The Oban Times - - News -

SEVENTY schools in the High­lands were af­fected by a tech­ni­cal fault which saw their in­ter­net sys­tems down for two days.

Pri­mary and sec­ondary schools ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­mit­tent prob­lems and were with­out in­ter­net ser­vices on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day Au­gust 25 and 26.

The tech­ni­cal prob­lem meant schools were un­able to ac­cess online pupil data­bases, fi­nan­cial records or email sys­tems.

For­tu­nately schools in the High­lands keep pa­per records, in­clud­ing emer­gency con­tact de­tails of chil­dren.

A High­land coun­cil spokesper­son said: ‘ The ser­vice was un­avail­able from Tues­day at 10.22am un­til Wed­nes­day when the ser­vice was re­stored at 8.30pm.’

An un­planned out­age caused cor­rup­tion in the sys­tems.

Stu­art at helm of com­mu­nity trust

A LO­CAL de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer has been ap­pointed for Kyle and Lochalsh com­mu­nity trust.

Stu­art Tay­lor, for­mer editor of the Lochaber News, moved from Fort Wil­liam to Kyle ear­lier this year and aims to use his new role to im­prove the vil­lage.

The 35-year- old ex- Portree high school pupil will start by work­ing to im­prove marine ser­vices for leisure sailors, as well as help­ing with the trust’s cur­rent projects, in­clud­ing the vil­lage’s view­point, the Plock of Kyle.

Stu­art can be con­tacted at the Kyle and Lochalsh com­mu­nity trust of­fice in Kyle vil­lage hall be­tween 9am and 5pm, Mon­day to Fri­day or by phone on 01599 534505.

NEW ROLE: Stu­art Tay­lor

Con­nect­ing up to broad­band grant

BUSI­NESSES in the High­lands will see a boost af­ter suc­cess­fully ap­ply­ing for free broad­band con­nec­tion vouch­ers.

The scheme, funded by the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment’s Su­perCon­nected Cities ini­tia­tive, pro­vides grants of up to £3,000 to small busi­nesses - 43 of which are in the High­lands.

High­land coun­cil leader Mar­garet David­son is en­cour­ag­ing busi­ness own­ers to get on board.

She said: ‘ We know how im­por­tant a fast broad­band con­nec­tion is for busi­nesses and with up to £3,000 worth of in­stal­la­tion costs avail­able, this is a great chance to get as­sis­tance and open up new or im­proved ways to do busi­ness.’

Visit http://www.con­nec­tion­vouch­ers.co.uk/ and en­ter a post code to find out more.

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