The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is lacking some of the appeal of past competitions, with several top nations going through transition periods, and perennial title favorite Mexico playing without many of its top stars.That isn’t stopping Tata Martino’s men from entering the tournament as the favorites to win an eighth Gold Cup title, and El Tri’s first since 2015. The United States enters as defending champion after lifting the title in 2017, but Gregg Berhalter enters his first Gold Cup with plenty oc questions surrounding the American squad.Jamaica has spoiled the chances for a USA-Mexico final in each of the past two Gold Cups, but the Reggae Boyz could be ready to go beyond being spoilers now that Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey is in the field. With Bailey scoring goals, and Jamaica’s tough defense working in front of standout goalkeeper Andre Blake, Jamaica could win its first Gold Cup title. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It’s been 19 years since Canada won a surprising Gold Cup title in 2000, but this could be the year we see the Canadians make a deep run. Boasting Alphonso Davies and Cyle Larin in attack, along with Atiba Hutchinson in midfield, the Canucks have the talent to be a handful.Costa Rica is a perennial threat, but with no Keylor Navas, and with the nucleus of its to players reaching the tail-end of their careers, the Ticos look much less threatening than in year’s past.How does the Gold Cup field shape up heading into the 2019 tournament? Here is a look at how all 16 teams rank.
Mr. Annan told the African Union (AU) Summit in Sirte that the new UN Democracy Fund will provide assistance to countries seeking to establish or strengthen their democracy. “A number of Member States have already indicated their intention to contribute,” he said, voicing hope that others would follow their example. “Almost all of you have made clear your commitment to the democratic process, and your willingness to be guided by the will of your people, as expressed in regular and fair elections, and through open, participatory governance,” he told the assembled participants. The Fund, he said, would help alleviate the strain that maintaining democratic institutions can place on poor countries’ resources.The creation of such a fund is one of the proposals that the Secretary-General made in his report “In Larger Freedom,” which forms the basis for negotiations on decisions to be taken by national leaders attending the World Summit at UN Headquarters in September. The Secretary-General said with record number of national leaders expected to attend, the Summit would offer “a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the world to come together and take action on grave global threats that require bold global solutions.”Because Africa’s problems are so acute, that continent stands the most to gain, he said, explaining how the proposals are of particular importance for Africa. These include recommendations for tackling the debt problem, promoting fair access to global trade, controlling the spread of malaria and fostering education for all. On security, he pointed out that almost 80 percent of all UN peacekeepers are deployed in Africa. “The September Summit must strengthen the UN’s own peacekeeping capacity,” he declared. “And it must address the peacebuilding gap, in which too many countries emerging from conflict are left to lapse back into violence, for lack of international support for disarmament and other steps toward recovery and reconstruction.”Mr. Annan said his proposal for a new Peacebuilding Commission has elicited support from many African countries and urged them to help bring it into being. Another central proposal in the report relates to the responsibility to protect civilians caught in conflict. The Secretary-General acknowledged that some countries “are concerned that the concept could be used as a fig-leaf for unwarranted interventions,” but emphasized that inaction in the face of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity is unacceptable. To promote human rights generally, the report advocates transforming the current Commission on Human Rights into a Human Rights Council. “The new Council would not exclude any regional or other group of States,” he said. “Rather, it would promote respect for all human rights in all countries, north and south.” Reform of the Security Council is also of paramount importance to Africa, and the Secretary-General noted that he has suggested two options for reforming that body. Both involve an increase in the membership from 15 to 24, though with different configurations. “I know you are discussing this issue at this Summit. I urge you to seize this precious opportunity,” he said. “As the World Summit nears, I urge you to engage fully. I hope a spirit of compromise will prevail,” he said. “And I hope you will all recognize that the better the United Nations works, the more all people will benefit, within and beyond Africa.” read more