BCL’s container ship Oleander (left) dry docked (Image courtesy of Neptune Group)Bermuda Container Line signed a contract for the construction of a new LNG-ready container vessel to service the New York-Bermuda trade. According to the company’s statement, the vessel is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2019 and will replace the BCL’s current container vessel, Oleander which will be retired.BCL has not disclosed the shipbuilder contracted for the job, or the value of the contract.“It will be outfitted to carry dry and refrigerated containers, trucks, cars and other wheeled equipment, along with oversized project cargo,” said John Wight, chairman of the BCL board.He added that the vessel will have the capability to convert to LNG operation, which is being regarded as “the game-changer for shipping in the future.”BCL is owned by Neptune Group by Hamilton, Bermuda-based Neptune Group, and provides freight service from the port of New York to Bermuda.
New Parkway head girls basketball coachGloria Williams, then an assistant, sits between former head coach Aaron Megee and assistant Kent Falting during a game in the 2014-15 season. Gloria Williams, an assistant for five years, has been promoted to head girls basketball coach at Parkway.Williams takes over for Aaron Megee, who stepped down after 13 years to become an assistant principal at Haughton Middle School.Williams said she’s very appreciative of the administration at Parkway, including new principal Waylon Bates, for giving her the opportunity.“I’m super excited about it,” she said. “Everyone in my family is excited about it. I got out of head coaching when I first moved here to Bossier Parish. It’s always been a dream of mine to become a head coach again. Once this opportunity presented itself, it’s like, it’s just awesome.”Before moving to Bossier Parish, Williams was the head girls basketball and track and field coach at Ringgold. She spent one year coaching at Rusheon Middle School before coming to Parkway as an assistant in 2011.“She’s got a great vision where she wants to take the program and help rebuild the program,” Parkway athletic director Rick Bryant said. “She’s been here at Parkway as an assistant coach. She sees the things these girls need to do. She’s been with them. She’s developed great relationships with these kids, and she has an excellent vision on how to move this program forward and be successful.” Williams thinks she is more ready now to be a head coach again after her experience at Rusheon and as an assistant to Megee. “Being at a middle school and then going to a high school as an assistant has made me a better coach,” she said.Williams is married to Bossier boys head coach Jeremiah Williams, who is fresh off winning his second Class 4A state championship.“He’s just excited as I am,” Williams said. “He knows that I’ve wanted to get back to head coaching.”Parkway won six district championships and 258 games during Megee’s tenure. He led the Lady Panthers to eight straight playoff appearances from 2004-05 to 2011-12. Parkway reached the Class 4A semifinals in the 2007-08 season after consecutive trips to the quarterfinals.After moving up to Class 5A in 2011-12, Parkway lost to eventual state champion Lafayette in the second round 53-44. Since then, the program has had a tough stretch with no playoff appearances in the last four seasons.Williams obviously believes there is plenty of potential at Parkway to get the program back to where it was.“We have some athletic kids that are in the program,” she said. “They’re working hard this summer. We’re excited about the new leadership and where the possibilities could take us.”Williams said there naturally is some basketball talk in her household between her and her husband, but the two try to keep it to a minimum.“We don’t make that the main priority here at home because we have so many other responsibilities,” she said. “We try not to talk about it too much, but we’ve had to talk about it a lot in the last couple of weeks in making this decision.”There is also some strategy talk.“We do talk about the scheme of the games, the Xs and 0s and what would you do in this situation,” she said “It’s pretty funny because he likes to use coins to draw up plays and so it’s always — if the ball is here, this, this, this and that, and I’m always like well, what if you do this, and I change it in a different direction. It’s nice to have that support and extra head to bounce ideas off of.”One thing the Williams definitely have in common is their belief that playing tough defense leads to success.“We are definitely defensive-oriented in this household,” she said. “We know that defense wins championships and offense wins games. We have to have that defensive mindset.”Russell Hedges/Press-TribuneNew Parkway head girls basketball coach Gloria Williams, then an assistant coach, sits between former head coach Aaron Megee and assistant Kent Falting during a game in the 2014-15 season.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo