Boys’ Town head coach Andrew Price is highly confident that the young players added to the Red Stripe Premier League squad will move the club from the cellar position they currently occupy and into a more respectable spot. Despite being in last place on 15 points from their 20 games, Price believes that the youngsters have brought renewed energy to the Collie Smith Drive-based club, which he expects will reflect in results. A 1-0 win over old foes Harbour View on Sunday night in their most recent assignment, courtesy of a third minute Andrew ‘Alvez’ Allen strike, gives credibility to Price’s conviction. In that game, the brave coach introduced several youngster including three schoolboys in the starting eleven. Among the youngsters that played were 17 year-old goalkeeper Shavian Wilson of Excelsior High as well as Chavanney Willis and Orlando Brown of Manning Cup champions Jamaica College. PUSH FORWARD “We are blending the youngsters with the experienced players as I am willing to put young players on the field,” Price told The Gleaner yesterday. “A lot of youth have been promoted from the squad that won the KSAFA Under-20 title last summer. Right now we have a cadre of players that can help the team. We are not far away so the aim is to push forward with 12 games remaining in the preliminary stage,” Price stated. In addition to the schoolboys, Boys’ Town’s roster includes the competition’s leading goalscorer Shamar Nicholson, who is on ten goals, former Bridgeport High standout Jamiel Hardware, plus veteran players such as Michael Campbell, Daemion Benjamin, Wayne Ellis and Garfield Gillespie. Boys’ Town is scheduled to tackle promoted Maverley-Hughenden in their next Red Stripe Premier League assignment on Sunday at Barbican Complex, starting at 3 p.m. Price will be hoping that youthful exuberance will continue to drive the ‘Red Brigade’ away from the drop zone.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold that perhaps the world’s largest economy had slid into a semi-permanent funk.Consumers, businesses and investors, after enduring a brutal winter, showed renewed vigor as the year wore on and set the United States apart from much of the world. Stocks repeatedly set record highs. Employers were on pace to add nearly 3 million jobs, the most in 15 years. Sinking oil prices cut gasoline costs to their lowest levels since May 2009. Auto sales accelerated. Inflation was a historically low sub-2 percent.The U.S. economy proved it could thrive even as the Federal Reserve ended its bond buying program, which had been intended to aid growth by holding down long-term loan rates.All told, the United States remained insulated from the financial struggles surfacing everywhere from Europe and Latin America to China, Japan and Russia.So what explained the U.S. economy’s resilience this year?Economists say it largely reflected the delayed benefits of finally mending the damage from the worst downturn in nearly 80 years. Unlike past recoveries that enjoyed comparatively swift rebounds, this one proved agonizingly slow. It took 6½ years to regain all the jobs lost the recession — 8.7 million — far longer than during previous recoveries.