Memory Lane: A look back at new websites, standout athletes, safety slogans, and strong shamals
Ten years ago, Aramco launched a major revamp of its website with a design to mirror the act of drilling for oil.
Blinding, sand-laden shamal winds reaching speeds of about 52 miles per hour continued to lash the Eastern Province intermittently for the 32nd day. No immediate relief is in sight, as weather forecasters predict the persistent sandstorms will continue until early July.
The latest, and reportedly, one of the worst shamals in many years started at 10 a.m. June 2. Reaching a maximum velocity of 52 miles per hour at 2 p.m. Visibility during the day dropped to about 2-1/2 miles and decreased in early afternoon to about half a mile.
MAY'S WINNER IN SLOGAN CONTEST
The company's monthly safety slogan contest winner for May is 'Abd al-Hameed Yasin of Maintenance and Shops Department. An English approximation of Yasin's slogan, selected from a record 402 entries and winner of the SR200 prize, is:
"Along every road, be a companion to safety."
Staring with this contest, the Safety Slogan Committee has decided to award prizes of SR100 and SR50 to second- and third-best slogan winners. The contest is open to all Aramco employees, but entries must be submitted in Arabic.
SOME SMOKERS WHO STOPPED
A series of articles dealing with giving up smoking, published in the January issue of The Arabian Sun, were the inspiration for launching a Stop-Smoking Campaign in the Southern Area Training Department. A large number of the staff and trainees in the Industrial Training Center and Job Skills Training Schools in Abqaiq, al-Hasa, and 'Udhailiyah — 350 of them — to a pledge to give up smoking.
This month, the 144 men who succeeded are receiving a certificate of recognition from Southern Area Training Department director Ali H. Twairqi, along with his congratulations for ridding themselves of a habit that is dangerous to themselves and others about them.
275 PARTICIPATE IN ARAMCO TRACK AND FIELD MEET
Athletes representing Dhahran, Abqaiq, 'Udhailiyah, and host Ras Tanura gathered in the seaside community to participate in the Saudi Aramco Track and Field Meet. About 275 sixth-through ninth-grade competitors comprised more than 850 entries in 88 running, jumping and throwing events.
Five all-company records were broken and 620 awards were presented to winners of the first five places. Also, more than 500 spectators watched the record-setting day, with records falling thanks to Ronnie Baptiste (long jump and shot put), Johnna Reynerston (discus), Shane McArdle (high jump) and the eighth-grade 800-meter medley relay team of Peter Bishouty, Adam Belvo, Matt Stephens, and Donovan Stewart.
COMPANY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Aramco announced this week the launch of its new website at www.saudiaramco.com.
Far more than a simple face-lift, the new website features an enhanced search capability, interactive multimedia, up-to-date content, and a fresh look meant to engage all website visitors. To reflect our position as a leading global petroleum enterprise, the dynamic, single-page construction is meant to imitate drilling and delving deeper through layers of data, just as drills bore down for hydrocarbons.