LiveNATO SUMMIT: Obama to visit Newport school

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Summary

  • Obama to visit Mount Pleasant Primary School In Newport
  • Obama, other world leaders, VIPs and media to arrive
  • Police presence remains high
  • Warning of aircraft activity over Newport today

9:15pm

That's all from us tonight, but we'll be back early tomorrow with more Nato news, information, pics and sightings.

In the meantime - here is some traffic and travel advice for tomorrow

9:09pm

8:45pm

Have you got a message for Barack Obama? As he spends his first night in Newport we want to find out what your messages are for the US president.

8:44pm

A cracking shot from Caerleon Town AFC of Marine One:

8:23pm

Obama arrives on Air Force One:

8:17pm

8:10pm

Was this Obama? Probably:

7:47pm

Reports say that Obama has landed at the Celtic Manor

7:41pm

7:39pm

AND ANOTHER! This was taken by Neil Jones in Llanwern:

And and escort:

7:35pm

SPOTTED! A V-22 Osprey flying over Underwood 10 minutes ago taken by Graham Thomas' friend Jess. Could this be Obama coming into Wales?

7:30pm

Barack Obama leaves Air Force One at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire before heading to Newport. Pic Mark Lewis:

South Wales Argus:

South Wales Argus:

7:17pm

Argus reporter Emma Mackintosh hard at work, far right with the red hair:

7:14pm

Fancy putting together a table like this?

7:12pm

A shot of the Nato flotilla in Cardiff Bay from John Flagg:

7:02pm

US President Barack Obama has landed in the UK for the Newport Nato summit.

Air Force One, the presidential jet landed Mr Obama at RAF Fairford.

6:45pm

Obama will be landing shortly:

6:37pm

David Cameron meets workers who helped make the Newport Nato summit happen:

6:28pm

Argus reporter Hayley Mills spoke to the Prime Minister in Oakdale this afternoon:

6:03pm

5:58pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Limestonecowboy says

Calvalcade heading along the M4 at Magor heading towards jct. 24 quite a sight.

6:03pm

5:59pm

Excitement is building in Rogerstone ahead of tomorrow's presidential visit:

5:53pm

5:38pm

Another view of the tank parked on the fairway at the Celtic Manor. Wonder what the greenkeeper thought of this?

5:32pm

5:32pm

Argus reporter Carys Thomas has been taking a look at preparations for Obama's visit:

5:17pm

What's on the agenda at the Newport Nato summit:

5:16pm

President Obama will land at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire this evening before making his way to Newport

5:00pm

Celtic Manor braced for Nato summit

4:58pm

Here's another chance to see Llanwern pupils learning about Nato's role:

4:50pm

4:48pm

Some of the unusual items left on the green at the Celtic Manor:

4:41pm

Air traffic controllers, engineers and support staff at Cardiff Airport are set for the arrival of world leaders to the Newport Nato summit.

From today they have been controlling a no-fly zone for 20nm around the Celtic Manor Resort.

Additional airspace will be put in place to restrict activity over the city of Cardiff and out to the south west; the latter specifically required for a flypast on the final morning of the event and for a practice run which is planned to take place on the 3 Sep.

This flypast will include Typhoons, F-15s, F-16s, F-18s, Mig-29s, and a Voyager escorted by the Red Arrows. This restricted airspace will not impact on scheduled flights from the airport.

4:19pm

4:19pm

First of the international press corps have arrived at the Celtic Manor:

South Wales Argus:

 

4:00pm

South Wales Argus: President Barack Obama launched Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Letter from school governor prompted Obama visit

BARACK Obama is visiting Mount Pleasant school in Newport tomorrow because a school governor wrote to the White House asking if the president would come.

3:23pm

Come on - there are two important visitors to Mount Pleasant Primary tomorrow:

3:21pm

Jon the Newsagent is setting out his stall at the Celtic Manor:

3:19pm

Businesses in Newport are getting prepared for tomorrow's march:

3:17pm

3:16pm

South Wales Argus: PRESIDENT PUTIN: Who is to blame over the Ukraine crisis?

Ukrainian protest planned against 'Russian aggression'

UKRAINIAN citizens plan to march wearing national dress in Newport tomorrow to keep the spotlight on "Russian aggression against Ukraine".

2:54pm

Some are thrlled Nato is coming to Newport:

Some aren't impressed. Come on Craig - the horses have got to eat you know:

2:34pm

Officers at Tredegar Park today looking smart in Nato summit gear:

South Wales Argus:

 

South Wales Argus:

2:14pm

Police dog bingo this time:

2:13pm

2:10pm

South Wales Argus: No to Nato protesters march in Newport, south Wales

Anti-Nato campaigners will be marching in Newport again tomorrow. They will start at the Cenotaph in Clarence Place at noon before marching towards the Celtic Manor down Chepstow Road.

A rolling road closure will be in place and additional officers will be in the area.

A Gwent Police spokesman said: “The protest group will gather at the cenotaph from noon tomorrow .They will walk along Chepstow Road and to an appropriate point at Celtic Manor. An agreed group of representative will be allowed to go forward and present their petition.”

More...

2:03pm

South Wales Argus:

South Wales Argus:

NEWPORT will see a display of Nato jets on Friday as the city hosts the alliance's summit.

In Newport people should be ready to watch the display at 8.45am as it passes south of the city centre over Spytty Park, Beechwood Park and Lliswerry.

The display will feature the Red Arrows, Tyhoon and Voyager aircraft from the RAF, Mig-29s from the Polish Air Force, USAF F-15Cs, a French Air Force Mirage 2000 and more.

More here

1:57pm

Reminder from Newport Bus:

1:47pm

1:36pm

London bus in Newport - is this Nato-related?

1:21pm

South Wales Argus:

Nato summit will get treated to Gwent fudge

A CALDICOT business will supply fudge favours to the delegates at this week's Nato conference.

1:10pm

What is Nato? - A quick guide

NATO, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, was formed in 1949 in the face of Soviet-backed expansion and aggression after the end of the Second World War.

The footage is of the founding meeting of Nato in 1949

1:07pm

Another Newport school visit for Argus reporter Emma Mackintosh and Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb:

12:51pm

South Wales Argus:

Navy destroyer to head Nato flotilla in Cardiff

ONE of the Royal Navy's newest warships in Cardiff will be joined by ships of navies from across Nato.

12:40pm

12:23pm

Ieuan Berry is ready for a cuppa at the Celtic Manor:

12:07pm

Still lots of shock and awe at police presence:

11:54am

And this one:

11:53am

Some good questions from St Woolos pupils for Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb:

11:44am

The Finns are on their way:

11:31am

11:30am

Argus reporter Emma Mackintosh is at St Woolos Primary:

11:27am

Another odd police vehicle, continuing yesterday's rural theme with the tractor, here's a police horse lorry:

11:23am

10:54am

South Wales Argus:

Confirmation that US President Barack Obama will visit Mount Pleasant Primary School in Newport with Prime Minister David Cameron tomorrow.

10:42am

Thankfully the thousands of police are ready for anything, including anti-piracy operations:

10:35am

10:31am

Here is Obama arriving in Estonia, from where he will fly to Wales later today:

Video

10:22am

This is Obama's schedule today, from our sister-paper USA Today:

10:08am

South Wales Argus:

300 jobs for Oakdale site in £3.5 billion deal

THREE hundred jobs will be secured in Gwent after General Dynamics announced a £3.5 billion deal for nearly 600 armoured vehicles ahead of the Nato Summit.

10:04am

As always #newportnotcardiff

9:42am

Just to confirm in case you wanted to fly your kite/drone/microlight today:

9:40am

Secretary General of Nato, Anders Fogh-Rasmussen has arrived in Wales ahead of the summit:

9:37am

Welsh stars Matthew Rhys, Damien Lewis, Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Colin Jackson and Helen McCrory are fronting this swish 'Welcome to Wales' message for Nato delegates:

9:11am

South Wales Argus: NATO: Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales, at the food festival in Newport

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb will be going to St Woolos Primary School and Lliswerry High School in Newport today to speak to pupils about Nato and what the summit is about.

9:07am

This is how they'll look once they're round the Welsh-made summit table:

9:05am

Another #newportnotcardiff moment:

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7:43am

South Wales Argus: A Jet2 airliner takes off

AIRSPACE restrictions will be in force from today over Newport, Cardiff and Bristol during the Nato summit.

The Civil Aviation Authority’s airspace restrictions will stop any aircraft, excluding emergency services and those taking off and landing from Cardiff and Bristol airports, from flying below 10,500 feet in a 20-nautical mile radius of Celtic Manor.

The restrictions will be in force from 9am today until 8pm on Friday.

Further restrictions will be in place as far away as Minehead tomorrow when aircraft flying below 10,500 feet are banned from a 20-nautical mile radius of Cardiff between 4pm and 23.59pm.

7:36am

The Prime Minister David Cameron spoke exclusively to the Argus about the Newport Nato summit:

South Wales Argus:

Wales can put 'best face to the world' at Newport Nato summit - Cameron tells Argus

On the eve of Newport hosting the largest gathering of world leaders ever to assemble in the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to Argus reporter BECKY CARR about the opportunity the Nato summit poses for Wales.

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8:44am Wed 3 Sep 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

There's another article in The Guardian this morning about Newport entitled:

"Nato summit: Newport locals unimpressed as world leaders arrive in Wales"

Has drawn quite a few comments in the debate thread below, though - 100 so far!
There's another article in The Guardian this morning about Newport entitled: "Nato summit: Newport locals unimpressed as world leaders arrive in Wales" Has drawn quite a few comments in the debate thread below, though - 100 so far! Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 0

10:03am Wed 3 Sep 14

thomas35 says...

I would imagine the people of Newport this last week have been more concerned about he awful plight of the family of Ashya the little lad with brain cancer and the very brave fight by his loving parents to overcome the "Do it this way brigade" to get the treatment he deserves . It puts Nato summits into obscurity !
I would imagine the people of Newport this last week have been more concerned about he awful plight of the family of Ashya the little lad with brain cancer and the very brave fight by his loving parents to overcome the "Do it this way brigade" to get the treatment he deserves . It puts Nato summits into obscurity ! thomas35
  • Score: -20

10:40am Wed 3 Sep 14

davidcp says...

I can't help NOT being excited about an event no-one is invited to except the participants. Imagine - Oasis holding a rock concert at Wembley, soundproofing the venue and not selling tickets. But the roads are closed and they publicise it as 'fantastic'.
There you have this conference.

Considering all the secure military bases around the world, may one ask why our tax is being used to pay for all this palaver? I have an institute that holds its AGM in the same place every year because the same people come again and again. Why not this bunch? Might I suggest Area 51 (tee hee)?

Do you think the press talks it up because they won't be granted audience if they don't? Qustion - what IS 'propoganda'?

PS I am pro-Nato, just not this unnecessary wastage.
I can't help NOT being excited about an event no-one is invited to except the participants. Imagine - Oasis holding a rock concert at Wembley, soundproofing the venue and not selling tickets. But the roads are closed and they publicise it as 'fantastic'. There you have this conference. Considering all the secure military bases around the world, may one ask why our tax is being used to pay for all this palaver? I have an institute that holds its AGM in the same place every year because the same people come again and again. Why not this bunch? Might I suggest Area 51 (tee hee)? Do you think the press talks it up because they won't be granted audience if they don't? Qustion - what IS 'propoganda'? PS I am pro-Nato, just not this unnecessary wastage. davidcp
  • Score: 0

10:44am Wed 3 Sep 14

John Frost Lives says...

I am no Public School boy and the Tories have their big faults, but I do find it depressing that all most people can do when the NATO summit (read it again) comes to their small city, is to moan about the traffic etc....63 world leaders arriving in the city, the first time an American President on our soil etc etc. Most countries would fight to get the kudos this brings, (never mind the actual money (read the facts ) and we keep our small minded attitudes.
Come on people, the Tories, NATO, the U.S, they ain't perfect. But get real, look at the alternatives breathing down our necks.
Many countries won't be too aware of the existence of Wales, let alone Newport, so lets just enjoy the positives of this once in a lifetime opportunity, rather than bleat that we will be 5 minutes late to get to the Bank!
I am no Public School boy and the Tories have their big faults, but I do find it depressing that all most people can do when the NATO summit (read it again) comes to their small city, is to moan about the traffic etc....63 world leaders arriving in the city, the first time an American President on our soil etc etc. Most countries would fight to get the kudos this brings, (never mind the actual money (read the facts ) and we keep our small minded attitudes. Come on people, the Tories, NATO, the U.S, they ain't perfect. But get real, look at the alternatives breathing down our necks. Many countries won't be too aware of the existence of Wales, let alone Newport, so lets just enjoy the positives of this once in a lifetime opportunity, rather than bleat that we will be 5 minutes late to get to the Bank! John Frost Lives
  • Score: 51

11:10am Wed 3 Sep 14

-trigg- says...

The only highlight of this conference so far has been the opportunity to see a V22 Osprey in flight up close. For those that don't know, the Osprey is part helicopter, part plane and looks like something from a science fiction show.

Sadly, tthe fly-past of various other nato aircraft has been arranged to take place at a time when many will be fighting through the traffic to get to work, depriving us of a free airshow.
The only highlight of this conference so far has been the opportunity to see a V22 Osprey in flight up close. For those that don't know, the Osprey is part helicopter, part plane and looks like something from a science fiction show. Sadly, tthe fly-past of various other nato aircraft has been arranged to take place at a time when many will be fighting through the traffic to get to work, depriving us of a free airshow. -trigg-
  • Score: 7

11:32am Wed 3 Sep 14

fieldsof fields says...

I'm working from home that day, so will get to see the air display. Hurrah!
I'm working from home that day, so will get to see the air display. Hurrah! fieldsof fields
  • Score: 16

12:43pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Evil Flanker says...

'US President Barack Obama will visit Mount Pleasant Primary School'

What a ****, too many awkward questions from older kids huh..
'US President Barack Obama will visit Mount Pleasant Primary School' What a ****, too many awkward questions from older kids huh.. Evil Flanker
  • Score: -18

12:48pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"Q how much do you get paid? A: there was a time when MPs didn’t get paid. 100 years ago parliament was full of people who never had to work"

Now they get paid for never having to work;)
"Q how much do you get paid? A: there was a time when MPs didn’t get paid. 100 years ago parliament was full of people who never had to work" Now they get paid for never having to work;) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -2

1:25pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Jazz29 says...

Does anyone know what time is the best to watch all the aircraft going over please?
Does anyone know what time is the best to watch all the aircraft going over please? Jazz29
  • Score: 0

2:11pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Jazz29 wrote:
Does anyone know what time is the best to watch all the aircraft going over please?
I've heard it's going to be any time between 8.30am to 9.00am on Friday morning depending on where you happen to be in south Wales. As a rough guide, someone told me 8.30am Cardiff and 8.45am Newport the other day...
[quote][p][bold]Jazz29[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know what time is the best to watch all the aircraft going over please?[/p][/quote]I've heard it's going to be any time between 8.30am to 9.00am on Friday morning depending on where you happen to be in south Wales. As a rough guide, someone told me 8.30am Cardiff and 8.45am Newport the other day... Katie Re-Registered
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2:25pm Wed 3 Sep 14

sweetiepie says...

John Frost Lives wrote:
I am no Public School boy and the Tories have their big faults, but I do find it depressing that all most people can do when the NATO summit (read it again) comes to their small city, is to moan about the traffic etc....63 world leaders arriving in the city, the first time an American President on our soil etc etc. Most countries would fight to get the kudos this brings, (never mind the actual money (read the facts ) and we keep our small minded attitudes.
Come on people, the Tories, NATO, the U.S, they ain't perfect. But get real, look at the alternatives breathing down our necks.
Many countries won't be too aware of the existence of Wales, let alone Newport, so lets just enjoy the positives of this once in a lifetime opportunity, rather than bleat that we will be 5 minutes late to get to the Bank!
Of course all that would great if Newport actually gets the recognition. Every thing I have seen so far to do with NATO has had Cardiff all over it!

They're stealing our thunder - and it seems NCC are quite happy to let them :(
[quote][p][bold]John Frost Lives[/bold] wrote: I am no Public School boy and the Tories have their big faults, but I do find it depressing that all most people can do when the NATO summit (read it again) comes to their small city, is to moan about the traffic etc....63 world leaders arriving in the city, the first time an American President on our soil etc etc. Most countries would fight to get the kudos this brings, (never mind the actual money (read the facts ) and we keep our small minded attitudes. Come on people, the Tories, NATO, the U.S, they ain't perfect. But get real, look at the alternatives breathing down our necks. Many countries won't be too aware of the existence of Wales, let alone Newport, so lets just enjoy the positives of this once in a lifetime opportunity, rather than bleat that we will be 5 minutes late to get to the Bank![/p][/quote]Of course all that would great if Newport actually gets the recognition. Every thing I have seen so far to do with NATO has had Cardiff all over it! They're stealing our thunder - and it seems NCC are quite happy to let them :( sweetiepie
  • Score: -5

2:33pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Jazz29 says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Jazz29 wrote:
Does anyone know what time is the best to watch all the aircraft going over please?
I've heard it's going to be any time between 8.30am to 9.00am on Friday morning depending on where you happen to be in south Wales. As a rough guide, someone told me 8.30am Cardiff and 8.45am Newport the other day...
Thank you
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jazz29[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know what time is the best to watch all the aircraft going over please?[/p][/quote]I've heard it's going to be any time between 8.30am to 9.00am on Friday morning depending on where you happen to be in south Wales. As a rough guide, someone told me 8.30am Cardiff and 8.45am Newport the other day...[/p][/quote]Thank you Jazz29
  • Score: 2

3:48pm Wed 3 Sep 14

kell1987 says...

Well like it or lump it,the NATO summit is taking place in newport,we all need to get a grip and get on with it I've just seen shops being boarded up on chepstow road what a lovely scene for all to see
Well like it or lump it,the NATO summit is taking place in newport,we all need to get a grip and get on with it I've just seen shops being boarded up on chepstow road what a lovely scene for all to see kell1987
  • Score: -1

4:05pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Sheep'n'wellies says...

Well that's a good idea to let all the jihadists down pill know which school they are visiting. If my kids went there they would be having a day off tomorrow.
Well that's a good idea to let all the jihadists down pill know which school they are visiting. If my kids went there they would be having a day off tomorrow. Sheep'n'wellies
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Howie' says...

Sheep'n'wellies wrote:
Well that's a good idea to let all the jihadists down pill know which school they are visiting. If my kids went there they would be having a day off tomorrow.
It'll be about the safest place on the planet, no need to worry.
[quote][p][bold]Sheep'n'wellies[/bold] wrote: Well that's a good idea to let all the jihadists down pill know which school they are visiting. If my kids went there they would be having a day off tomorrow.[/p][/quote]It'll be about the safest place on the planet, no need to worry. Howie'
  • Score: 10

5:09pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Milkmanofhumankindness says...

The word Is Out! A tweet from Mickyleaks says: After the school visit, Obama is also visiting Cwmbran to meet Labour councillor Steve Brooks and his gagged team to talk about fair employee pay and the cost of living crisis!!! and why Labour speak with two tongues?
The word Is Out! A tweet from Mickyleaks says: After the school visit, Obama is also visiting Cwmbran to meet Labour councillor Steve Brooks and his gagged team to talk about fair employee pay and the cost of living crisis!!! and why Labour speak with two tongues? Milkmanofhumankindness
  • Score: 8

5:58pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Calvalcade heading along the M4 at Magor heading towards jct. 24 quite a sight.
Calvalcade heading along the M4 at Magor heading towards jct. 24 quite a sight. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 1

5:58pm Wed 3 Sep 14

john.hall1000 says...

Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.
Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport. john.hall1000
  • Score: -7

12:07am Thu 4 Sep 14

ej1986 says...

he should visit milton school or llanwern high because this area (ringland) and surrounding areas have put up with the most disruption.by the way milton is in the top 2% in wales for teaching standards bit unfair really just because of the reputation of the area.Then again i thought Rougemont would off been the chosen school:-)
he should visit milton school or llanwern high because this area (ringland) and surrounding areas have put up with the most disruption.by the way milton is in the top 2% in wales for teaching standards bit unfair really just because of the reputation of the area.Then again i thought Rougemont would off been the chosen school:-) ej1986
  • Score: 1

12:45am Thu 4 Sep 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I have a message for President Obama. I'd like to thank him for being the most progressive US president with regard to LGBTQ rights so far. Under his administration there have been so many laws passed in the USA that finally recognise and guarantee equal treatment for LGBTQ people. He is particularly strong on transgender rights. He set the tone right from the start of his presidency when he appointed a trans woman in a very prominent position. Debates rage on about US foreign policy, but I think on domestic issues he has done so much good and for that he deserves a great deal of credit for having the courage to be different and defy the homophobic and transphobic bigots. It would have been so easy to play it safe, but - like Abraham Lincoln whom he cites as his historical role model - he decided to stand up and confront the challenge to do what he felt was right. Thanxxx President Obama.
I have a message for President Obama. I'd like to thank him for being the most progressive US president with regard to LGBTQ rights so far. Under his administration there have been so many laws passed in the USA that finally recognise and guarantee equal treatment for LGBTQ people. He is particularly strong on transgender rights. He set the tone right from the start of his presidency when he appointed a trans woman in a very prominent position. Debates rage on about US foreign policy, but I think on domestic issues he has done so much good and for that he deserves a great deal of credit for having the courage to be different and defy the homophobic and transphobic bigots. It would have been so easy to play it safe, but - like Abraham Lincoln whom he cites as his historical role model - he decided to stand up and confront the challenge to do what he felt was right. Thanxxx President Obama. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 0

6:34am Thu 4 Sep 14

Mr Miffed says...

john.hall1000 wrote:
Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.
Another inverted snob. Why would you 'showcase' Wales and then show off its slums?
[quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.[/p][/quote]Another inverted snob. Why would you 'showcase' Wales and then show off its slums? Mr Miffed
  • Score: 1

6:51am Thu 4 Sep 14

john.hall1000 says...

Mr Miffed wrote:
john.hall1000 wrote:
Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.
Another inverted snob. Why would you 'showcase' Wales and then show off its slums?
Some of the best people have come from what you call slums!. And they've done alright.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Miffed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.[/p][/quote]Another inverted snob. Why would you 'showcase' Wales and then show off its slums?[/p][/quote]Some of the best people have come from what you call slums!. And they've done alright. john.hall1000
  • Score: 1

6:51am Thu 4 Sep 14

john.hall1000 says...

Mr Miffed wrote:
john.hall1000 wrote:
Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.
Another inverted snob. Why would you 'showcase' Wales and then show off its slums?
Some of the best people have come from what you call slums!. And they've done alright.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Miffed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.[/p][/quote]Another inverted snob. Why would you 'showcase' Wales and then show off its slums?[/p][/quote]Some of the best people have come from what you call slums!. And they've done alright. john.hall1000
  • Score: 0

7:44am Thu 4 Sep 14

Mr Miffed says...

john.hall1000 wrote:
Mr Miffed wrote:
john.hall1000 wrote:
Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.
Another inverted snob. Why would you 'showcase' Wales and then show off its slums?
Some of the best people have come from what you call slums!. And they've done alright.
Indeed they have. I'm just questioning the logic of trying to present Wales to the world as an aspirational destination and using the media following Obama to ensure that the less salubrious areas get the limelight. People's views will be set by what they see on news programmes, like it or not.
[quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Miffed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.[/p][/quote]Another inverted snob. Why would you 'showcase' Wales and then show off its slums?[/p][/quote]Some of the best people have come from what you call slums!. And they've done alright.[/p][/quote]Indeed they have. I'm just questioning the logic of trying to present Wales to the world as an aspirational destination and using the media following Obama to ensure that the less salubrious areas get the limelight. People's views will be set by what they see on news programmes, like it or not. Mr Miffed
  • Score: 2

9:54am Thu 4 Sep 14

Bobevans says...

Well it does show at least one school in Newport as bothered to open

Newport is no more gridlocked then on any normal day there have been some delays but nothing massive it proves there was no need for the mass closure of schools. Even the bus services are operating pretty much as normal
Well it does show at least one school in Newport as bothered to open Newport is no more gridlocked then on any normal day there have been some delays but nothing massive it proves there was no need for the mass closure of schools. Even the bus services are operating pretty much as normal Bobevans
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

John Frost Lives wrote:
I am no Public School boy and the Tories have their big faults, but I do find it depressing that all most people can do when the NATO summit (read it again) comes to their small city, is to moan about the traffic etc....63 world leaders arriving in the city, the first time an American President on our soil etc etc. Most countries would fight to get the kudos this brings, (never mind the actual money (read the facts ) and we keep our small minded attitudes.
Come on people, the Tories, NATO, the U.S, they ain't perfect. But get real, look at the alternatives breathing down our necks.
Many countries won't be too aware of the existence of Wales, let alone Newport, so lets just enjoy the positives of this once in a lifetime opportunity, rather than bleat that we will be 5 minutes late to get to the Bank!
I must congratulate you on a positive post.
As you point out, it is indeed something to have an American President in Newport.
Unlikely to happen ever again, history is being made and we are here to witness it.
[quote][p][bold]John Frost Lives[/bold] wrote: I am no Public School boy and the Tories have their big faults, but I do find it depressing that all most people can do when the NATO summit (read it again) comes to their small city, is to moan about the traffic etc....63 world leaders arriving in the city, the first time an American President on our soil etc etc. Most countries would fight to get the kudos this brings, (never mind the actual money (read the facts ) and we keep our small minded attitudes. Come on people, the Tories, NATO, the U.S, they ain't perfect. But get real, look at the alternatives breathing down our necks. Many countries won't be too aware of the existence of Wales, let alone Newport, so lets just enjoy the positives of this once in a lifetime opportunity, rather than bleat that we will be 5 minutes late to get to the Bank![/p][/quote]I must congratulate you on a positive post. As you point out, it is indeed something to have an American President in Newport. Unlikely to happen ever again, history is being made and we are here to witness it. Cymru Am Beth
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12:30pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

sweetiepie wrote:
John Frost Lives wrote:
I am no Public School boy and the Tories have their big faults, but I do find it depressing that all most people can do when the NATO summit (read it again) comes to their small city, is to moan about the traffic etc....63 world leaders arriving in the city, the first time an American President on our soil etc etc. Most countries would fight to get the kudos this brings, (never mind the actual money (read the facts ) and we keep our small minded attitudes.
Come on people, the Tories, NATO, the U.S, they ain't perfect. But get real, look at the alternatives breathing down our necks.
Many countries won't be too aware of the existence of Wales, let alone Newport, so lets just enjoy the positives of this once in a lifetime opportunity, rather than bleat that we will be 5 minutes late to get to the Bank!
Of course all that would great if Newport actually gets the recognition. Every thing I have seen so far to do with NATO has had Cardiff all over it!

They're stealing our thunder - and it seems NCC are quite happy to let them :(
I watched the BBC news today and saw David Cameron being interviewed and no mention was made of Cardiff.
It clearly stated and the Prime Minister, that it was in Newport.
[quote][p][bold]sweetiepie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Frost Lives[/bold] wrote: I am no Public School boy and the Tories have their big faults, but I do find it depressing that all most people can do when the NATO summit (read it again) comes to their small city, is to moan about the traffic etc....63 world leaders arriving in the city, the first time an American President on our soil etc etc. Most countries would fight to get the kudos this brings, (never mind the actual money (read the facts ) and we keep our small minded attitudes. Come on people, the Tories, NATO, the U.S, they ain't perfect. But get real, look at the alternatives breathing down our necks. Many countries won't be too aware of the existence of Wales, let alone Newport, so lets just enjoy the positives of this once in a lifetime opportunity, rather than bleat that we will be 5 minutes late to get to the Bank![/p][/quote]Of course all that would great if Newport actually gets the recognition. Every thing I have seen so far to do with NATO has had Cardiff all over it! They're stealing our thunder - and it seems NCC are quite happy to let them :([/p][/quote]I watched the BBC news today and saw David Cameron being interviewed and no mention was made of Cardiff. It clearly stated and the Prime Minister, that it was in Newport. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 0

12:32pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

john.hall1000 wrote:
Mr Miffed wrote:
john.hall1000 wrote:
Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.
Another inverted snob. Why would you 'showcase' Wales and then show off its slums?
Some of the best people have come from what you call slums!. And they've done alright.
But he has a point though?
[quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Miffed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.[/p][/quote]Another inverted snob. Why would you 'showcase' Wales and then show off its slums?[/p][/quote]Some of the best people have come from what you call slums!. And they've done alright.[/p][/quote]But he has a point though? Cymru Am Beth
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7:33pm Thu 4 Sep 14

jkmcc85 says...

john.hall1000 wrote:
Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.
He may have only visited what you class a s a posh school but children from across Newport high school have also been invited up to the Celtic to meet Cameron, Obama and all the delegates. These pupils were not the 'posh' pupils or best achieving pupils, they were pupils that have done shone in other ways. For example a pupil that found a stranded injured boy, called 999 and comforted the child until help came.

Plus Mount Pleasant wrote to the Whitehouse and asked him to visit. I'm not sure any other schools in Newport did.
[quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.[/p][/quote]He may have only visited what you class a s a posh school but children from across Newport high school have also been invited up to the Celtic to meet Cameron, Obama and all the delegates. These pupils were not the 'posh' pupils or best achieving pupils, they were pupils that have done shone in other ways. For example a pupil that found a stranded injured boy, called 999 and comforted the child until help came. Plus Mount Pleasant wrote to the Whitehouse and asked him to visit. I'm not sure any other schools in Newport did. jkmcc85
  • Score: 0

7:35pm Thu 4 Sep 14

jkmcc85 says...

Bobevans wrote:
Well it does show at least one school in Newport as bothered to open

Newport is no more gridlocked then on any normal day there have been some delays but nothing massive it proves there was no need for the mass closure of schools. Even the bus services are operating pretty much as normal
Most Newport secondary Schools were open today, but not all decisions were up to the school, head or governors.
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: Well it does show at least one school in Newport as bothered to open Newport is no more gridlocked then on any normal day there have been some delays but nothing massive it proves there was no need for the mass closure of schools. Even the bus services are operating pretty much as normal[/p][/quote]Most Newport secondary Schools were open today, but not all decisions were up to the school, head or governors. jkmcc85
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7:37pm Thu 4 Sep 14

jkmcc85 says...

ej1986 wrote:
he should visit milton school or llanwern high because this area (ringland) and surrounding areas have put up with the most disruption.by the way milton is in the top 2% in wales for teaching standards bit unfair really just because of the reputation of the area.Then again i thought Rougemont would off been the chosen school:-)
Other delegates and MPs have visited schools across newport.
[quote][p][bold]ej1986[/bold] wrote: he should visit milton school or llanwern high because this area (ringland) and surrounding areas have put up with the most disruption.by the way milton is in the top 2% in wales for teaching standards bit unfair really just because of the reputation of the area.Then again i thought Rougemont would off been the chosen school:-)[/p][/quote]Other delegates and MPs have visited schools across newport. jkmcc85
  • Score: -1

7:43pm Thu 4 Sep 14

jkmcc85 says...

Mr Miffed wrote:
john.hall1000 wrote:
Mr Miffed wrote:
john.hall1000 wrote:
Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.
Another inverted snob. Why would you 'showcase' Wales and then show off its slums?
Some of the best people have come from what you call slums!. And they've done alright.
Indeed they have. I'm just questioning the logic of trying to present Wales to the world as an aspirational destination and using the media following Obama to ensure that the less salubrious areas get the limelight. People's views will be set by what they see on news programmes, like it or not.
Even if they had visited a poorer school, they still would have only seen selected high achieving pupils. Why not show off the good and positive things in Newport?! which shouldn't matter which school he visits, the fact that The president of the USA and the Prime Minister are visiting the young people of Newport, they can't of visited all schools and someone would moan no matter which school they attended. As it has already been said we should take this as a positive, rather than showing the world all of the negativity Newport residents have towards NATO and the Celtic Manors achievements.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Miffed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Miffed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: Notice he's going to visit a school in a posh area of Newport.[/p][/quote]Another inverted snob. Why would you 'showcase' Wales and then show off its slums?[/p][/quote]Some of the best people have come from what you call slums!. And they've done alright.[/p][/quote]Indeed they have. I'm just questioning the logic of trying to present Wales to the world as an aspirational destination and using the media following Obama to ensure that the less salubrious areas get the limelight. People's views will be set by what they see on news programmes, like it or not.[/p][/quote]Even if they had visited a poorer school, they still would have only seen selected high achieving pupils. Why not show off the good and positive things in Newport?! which shouldn't matter which school he visits, the fact that The president of the USA and the Prime Minister are visiting the young people of Newport, they can't of visited all schools and someone would moan no matter which school they attended. As it has already been said we should take this as a positive, rather than showing the world all of the negativity Newport residents have towards NATO and the Celtic Manors achievements. jkmcc85
  • Score: 0
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