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British culture 'flatlining' as funds dwindle, says academic

Britain's prized cultural infrastructure could disintegrate after next year's election because of an over-reliance on the National Lottery and a lack of funding for the country's local arts scenes, according to one of the UK's leading cultural commentators.

Pumeza Matshikiza on soprano megastardom, her township education and why the ANC is a stuck record

In the world of opera, a young star's path to fame usually moves through incremental steps: well-received recordings, high-profile recitals, new stage roles at some prestigious house. The soprano Pumeza Matshikiza – one of an outstanding generation of young South African singers who have made a global impact since the end of Apartheid – has done all that.

Abbreviations and acronyms: The top ten

Lisa Markwell, editor of 'The Independent on Sunday', kicked this one off with A and B the C of D: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, which reminded me of Katharine Welby, who calls herself ABCD, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Daughter. Lisa also mentioned Biwisi: believe it when I see it. Here are 10 more.

Mark Neville: A growing disparity between the haves and the have-nots

In December 2011, Mark Neville travelled down from Glasgow and took a room in the London School of Economics' halls of residence. For the next five weeks, he meandered around the freezing capital, having been commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to capture London in whatever way he wished.

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

From Chevy Chase to Tina Fey, the cast members of NBC's long-running weekly sketch show Saturday Night Live have regularly gone on to be film stars, Oscar nominees or major late-night talk-show hosts. SNL even has its own US Senator.

Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

They found fame broadcasting over the internet, but increasing numbers of video bloggers are turning to the more traditional medium of print. Star vloggers are being snapped up for book deals, as publishers seek to capitalise on their huge fan bases and engage new audiences.

Atlantis, series 2, episode 2 review: Everyone loves a CGI Cyclops and the Beeb's Saturday night charmer is getting epic

We are thrown straight into battle tonight as Pasiphae’s struggle to take over Atlantis really gets going.

Growing Pains actor Kirk Cameron begs Facebook fans to give his film a decent review after it pans on Rotten Tomatoes

Growing Pains actor Kirk Cameron has resorted to begging his fans to give his latest film a decent review after his festive venture was panned on Rotten Tomatoes.

Teaser image for TV adaption of JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy released by BBC

BBC One have released a teaser image of their upcoming adaption of JK Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy.

Director Kevin Macdonald and writer Dennis Kelly on going back to basics for gripping submarine thriller Black Sea

When director Kevin Macdonald signed up Dennis Kelly to script his British submarine thriller Black Sea, he didn’t ask him to watch underwater classics such as Das Boot, The Hunt for Red October or Run Silent, Run Deep.


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Guidance on restoring vintage aircraft issued by CAA

Advice on restoring, or rebuilding, historic and ex-military aircraft has been released by the UK Civil Aviation Authority's General Aviation Unit. The guidance has been compiled from a number of existing CAA sources to create a 'one-stop-shop' webpage containing everything a vintage aircraft owner needs to know when starting a restoration project. The information, which only covers aircraft on Permits to Fl

New approval granted for microlight company

For the first time under a new authorisation system, a microlight manufacturer has been given design, production and flight test approval by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The move will allow the Light Aircraft Company (TLAC) to sell its aircraft as finished 'factory-built' types - previously, the company, based at Little Snoring airfield in Norfolk, could only sell its products as amateur-build kits. The CAA said that the TLAC approval is the latest element in CAA's wider GA Programm

CAA announces delay to full introduction of Standardised European Rules of the Air

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today confirmed that the UK implementation of significant elements of the European Union's Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) has been delayed. As a result, there will be no changes to the UK Rules of the Air stemming from SERA that will impact UK pilots. The changes to be introduced on 4 December 2014 resulting from SERA will only be those that replicate existing UK rules. The decision has been prompted by concerns over the impact of the changes

'Proof of concept' rule change could boost UK experimental aircraft design

A proposal to simplify the initial testing process for experimental aircraft in the UK will benefit small-scale aircraft designers and manufacturers, as well as encouraging the growth of aerospace excellence in new design concepts. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a consultation aimed at reducing the red tape and financial burdens associated with securing airworthiness and operational approval for

New training techniques to tackle human factors

An initiative to improve 'crew resource management' (CRM) in the aviation industry was launched earlier today with the release of open-access training videos aimed at tackling human factors issues in the cockpit. CRM is the name given to the training techniques used to address potential situations where human error may cause aviation incidents or accidents. The release of the videos [insert link] by the UK Civil Av

CAA announces new members of ATIPAC

Press notice on appointments to ATIPAC

CAA calls on airlines to comply with the law following Supreme Court decisions on flight delay cases

CAA statement on Supreme Court rulings on flight delay compensation cases

Overflight restrictions removed for gyroplanes

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today announced it will withdraw the 'overflight restriction' from the 'Permit Operating Limitations' of factory-built, type-approved gyroplanes. The move comes after careful consideration of the risks, which the CAA said had left it confident that the appropriate levels of safety could be achieved. Unlike many aircraft currently operating on 'Permits', gyroplanes have not previously been allowed to overfly congested areas at any height. From today

Lonely Planet? Almost half fly alone and few get waved off

The CAA's 2013 Passenger Survey Report has been published. This press release highlights its many findings

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This intensive hands on Discoverer 9i Administration training course is broken down into twenty one sections and includes the following aspects:

The Discoverer End User Layer
Administrator Business Areas and Simple Folders
Administrating Oracle Discoverer
Complex and Custom Folders in Discoverer Administrator
Aggregating Data in Discoverer Administrator using Drilling and Hierarchies
Scheduling Discoverer Workbooks as the Administrator
Tuning the Discoverer End User Layer with Summaries and Materialized Views
Setting Security and Privilege in Discoverer Administrator
Routine Tasks for maintaining the End User Layer in Discoverer Administrator


There are practical and comprehensive exercises scheduled throughout the course to ensure delegates leave with a sound theoretical and practical knowledge.

The exercises include:

Creation of a Discoverer End User Layer
Simple Business Areas and Folders Creation
Setting up Users and their security in Oracle Discoverer
Creating hierarchies, joins and conditions for drilling


Three Days

Oracle Discoverer 9i Administration course details.

Oracle Discoverer 9i Administration
Training Course


Oracle Discoverer 9i Administrator governs the environment that Discoverer Users exist and operate in.

It is used to perform mandatory tasks such as creating and granting access to Business Areas.

It is also used to perform tasks such as maintaining the End User Layer and setting default item names and table characteristics.

Pre-Requisite Course(s)

Essential SQL (Optional)
Discoverer 9i Desktop

Suggested Further Course(s)


This intensive training course has a dynamic face to face, tutor led learning framework and is delivered by an experienced Oracle professional. In-depth course notes are provided in a presentation file for the delegate to use, and this becomes a valuable reference guide following the course.

On completion all delegates receive a certificate.

On Site or Off Site ?

On Site

All that we require is a private room with tables and chairs, that is large enough to comfortably hold your delegates and a tutor. We will provide each delegate with an individual laptop and all other equipment that is required.

Off Site

If you prefer instead of delivering on site we can deliver the course off site at Seer House, Swansea or we will be happy to arrange a neutral venue that is convenient for you (please be aware this will incur additional costs).

Weekday or Weekend ?

This course has the provision to be delivered over the weekend.
Ideal for your company, if you are working on projects with tight timescales or need to train employees with incredibly busy working weeks.

Standard or Customised ?

If you feel that this is not entirely suitable for your company requirements we offer the service of creating bespoke training packages. We can either customise this training to your exact company requirements or work with you to build a completely new one (please be aware this will incur additional costs).

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