Federer vows to defend Wimbledon title in 2018

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgIT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Devastated Cilic reveals blister sparked Wimbledon tears He admitted the lessons of 2016, when he failed to win a single trophy and skipped the second half of the season to rest a knee injury, have taught him not to plan too far ahead.“Honestly, ever since I had the year I had last year, I think like a year ahead of time, you know, with my schedule, fitness schedule, tournaments I would like to play,” he told reporters.“So I totally see myself playing here this time next year. “But because it’s far away, because of what happened last year, I just like to take the opportunity to thank the people in the very moment, and make them understand, yes, I hope that I’m back. “There’s never a guarantee, especially not at 35, 36. But the goal is definitely to be here again next year to try and defend.”/rgaADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon as Cilic bid ends in tearsIt was also his 19th Grand Slam triumph and second of the year after marking his return from a six-month absence with a fifth Australian Open title in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We never know what happens,” said the Swiss star, who had told the Centre Court crowd in his victory speech: “I hope to be back, I hope this wasn’t my last match”.Federer first played Wimbledon in 1999 and won the first of his eight titles in 2003. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View comments MOST READ FILE – Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych at the end of their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. APRoger Federer insisted he fully intends to defend his Wimbledon title in 2018 despite delivering what many fans fear sounded like a farewell speech to Centre Court.Federer, who will be 36 in three weeks’ time, became the oldest Wimbledon champion of the modern era on Sunday when he defeated injury-hit Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 for a record eighth All England Club title.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

President Tubman Hailed as Lead Founder of ECOWAS

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgThe Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja by paying homage to the founding fathers and reflecting on the achievements and challenges of the regional body over the past four decades. According to a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, the event, whose theme was “Nigeria, ECOWAS Celebrating The Economics of Unity,” brought together an array of former Nigerian luminaries, including one of the founding fathers of ECOWAS, former Nigerian Head of State General Yakubu Gowon, senior government officials of the Nigerian Government, officials of ECOWAS and members of the Diplomatic Corps. The keynote speaker, former Nigerian Foreign Minister, Professor A. Bolaji Akinyemi, paid particular homage to former Liberian President William V.S. Tubman for his initial proposal in 1965 to form a West African Economic Community with Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Sierra Leone. In this respect, General Gowon, told participants that the formation of ECOWAS should not just be attributed to him and former President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo, as usually done, but to all the fifteen West African Heads of State who signed the Treaty of Lagos to establish ECOWAS on May 18, 1975. Referring to them as ‘founding fathers, he noted that their full cooperation led to the regional economic bloc’s decades of existence today. He also attributed the Community’s success to the strong will-power of Community’s leaders.Other speakers praised Nigeria’s enormous contributions to ECOWAS including its leading role in ECOMOG, which successfully restored peace to Liberia and Sierra Leone, and Nigeria’s current interventions in Mali and Guinea Bissau.ECOMOG’s interventions in Liberia and Sierra Leone were the first time a regional Africa body imposed peace through military means. This subsequently encouraged ECOWAS leaders to revise the 1975 Treaty to include political matters that widened the scope of regional integration. In his welcome remarks, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II of Nigeria, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, reiterated his country’s commitment to ECOWAS by hosting of three important institutions of ECOWAS: the ECOWAS Commission, the ECOWAS Parliament and the Community Court of Justice. For his part, the Foreign Minister of Nigeria, Ambassador Aminu Wali extolled ECOWAS as a pace-setter in the integration agenda which he said is manifested in the democracy, peace and security areas. The Nigerian Foreign Minister remarked that the adoption and use of a common passport and a visa-free regime made possible by the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and Goods, the right of residence in Member States, and recently the Common External Tariffs by Member States should set the regional body above others in Africa. In his remarks, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, said the formation of the regional economic body was born out of the realization of the founding fathers that the domestic markets of the individual member states were not big enough to compete in the world market including large trade blocs like the European Community at that time. Mr. Ouedragogo noted that in spite of all the achievements, more work remains to be done.The goals of ECOWAS are contained in Article Three of the Lagos Treaty which states: “The aims of the community are to promote cooperation and integration leading to the establishment of an economic union in West Africa in order to raise the living of its peoples and to maintain and enhance economic stability; foster relations among member states and contribute to the progress and development of the African Continent.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more