Leander Paes and Marcus Daniell reach Hall of Fame Open semifinalsWith 766 tour wins, Leander Paes is now 6th on the all-time doubles match winners’ rundown. He is only one of 6 players to get 750 tour-level doubles match wins, which he accomplished in April 2018.advertisement Press Trust of India NewportJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 09:08 IST Indian tennis player Leander Paes during a practice session (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSLeander Paes is now the oldest ATP Tour semi-finalist since John McEnroe (47) at 2006 San JoseIt is the 4th time this season that Paes has reached the semifinals on the ATP World TourNext up for Paes and Daniell are Marcel Granollers and Sergiy StakhovskyStill going strong at age of 46, veteran Leander Paes reached the semifinals of the ATP Hall of Fame Open with partner Marcus Daniell, edging out Matthew Ebden and Robert Lindstedt here.The third seeded Indo-Kiwi combination prevailed 6-4 5-7 14-12 over the Australian-Swede team in the quarterfinals after saving three match points.Paes, who made his Hall of Fame Open debut way back in 1995, is now the oldest ATP Tour semi-finalist since John McEnroe (47) at 2006 San Jose.”These are the nights that I live for. The hard work, playing when you have fever, being in the gym when you don’t really want to be there. Most people see us travelling to lovely places and being on show courts, but the hard yards are what allow me to still compete at this level,” said Paes.The winner of 18 Grand Slam titles asserted that he still has a lot in his tank.”The experience is still there, the legs are still there, the knowledge and strokes are there. It’s about finding the right doubles partners and I’ll have success. Being a student of life and the game, I used to try to learn from the older players. Now, I try to learn from the younger ones,” he told ATP website.It is fourth time this season that Paes has reached the semifinals on the ATP World Tour, reaching the same stage at Lyon (May), Marrakech (April) and Montpellier (February) in the first half of the season.”I have to work three times as hard now as I did 10 or 15 years ago. That’s just age, but I love the work. When I was younger, I’d waste a lot of energy practising for five or six hours a day.advertisement”My training is very specific now, focusing on improving specific areas of my game, focusing on my diet and recovery. The knowledge we have nowadays in tennis on fitness, health and recovery is why the margins of winning and losing are so slim.”With 766 tour wins, Paes is sixth on the all-time doubles match winners’ list. He is just one of six players to pick up 750 tour-level doubles match wins, which he achieved in April 2018.Next up for Paes and Daniell are Marcel Granollers and Sergiy Stakhovsky.Read more | With MS Dhoni out of focus, Virat Kohli and selectors eye middle-order solutionsAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Leander PaesFollow Marcus DaniellFollow Matthew EbdenFollow Hall of Fame Open Next
The United Nations peacebuilding arm is making steady progress and has produced concrete results in the four post-conflict countries placed under its direction in the two years since its work started, the Security Council was told in a briefing today.In the wake of the 2005 World Summit, the UN set up the 31-member Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), which currently has four countries – Burundi, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Central African Republic (CAR) – on its agenda.Together with the Peacebuilding Fund and Peacebuilding Support Office, the Commission is tasked with marshalling resources from around the world and providing strategic advice to countries emerging from conflict, helping them to avoid the slide back into war and chaos.Nearly $270 million has been contributed to the Peacebuilding Fund, which is supporting projects in the four countries on the Commission’s agenda as well as 37 schemes in nine post-conflict nations, surpassing its $250 million funding target.“Maintaining peace and security is an essential prerequisite for successful post-conflict peacebuilding efforts,” Ambassador Yukio Takasu, Chairperson of the Peacebuilding Commission, told the Security Council.“It’s equally true that durable peace and a sustainable State will never be achieved without good governance, rule of law, respect for human rights, and economic recovery and development,” he added. Mr. Takasu noted that the Commission was a unique UN organ that addresses all that brings together all stakeholders, formulates integrated strategy, monitors its implementation, garners support and mobilizes resources. Among the body’s achievements in the last two years, Mr. Takasu highlighted the integrated strategy for building an effective peace in the post-conflict States adopted for Burundi and Sierra Leone, which are now being implemented, as well as the strategy for Guinea-Bissau which was adopted recently. He also spotlighted the field mission that will visit the CAR shortly to prepare the country’s strategy. He also pointed out that serious efforts have been made to enhance the partnerships with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) in an effort to provide a fully integrated and comprehensive peacebuilding framework for these countries.Looking to the next year, Mr. Takasu stressed that the Commission needed to produce more tangible results on the ground that would bring about visible benefits and directly impact the people in the countries under consideration. “To consolidate peace it is essential that people can see and experience signs of the arrival of peace after a ceasefire through positive changes in their livelihoods. We need to elicit support from all stakeholders and mobilize resources not only from traditional partners but also by bringing in new and non-traditional partners.” Areas such as youth employment, rural private sector, justice and peace need to be addressed so that the countries under the Commission’s consideration can successfully surface from their individual conflicts. “The PBC must consolidate its achievements and help mobilize resources so it can create a real difference on the ground and meet high expectations.” 21 October 2008The United Nations peacebuilding arm is making steady progress and has produced concrete results in the four post-conflict countries placed under its direction in the two years since its work started, the Security Council was told in a briefing today.