Profiling the five largest oil and gas companies in the world

first_imgFive largest oil and gas companies in the world1. SinopecChina Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, also known as Sinopec, is one of China’s three state-owned oil companies.The Beijing-headquartered firm, which was founded in 2000, is the second-largest company behind US retailer Walmart and the largest oil and gas firm in the world by revenue, after recording a whopping $407bn at the end of the 2019-20 fiscal year.The early implications of the coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on producers in China, where the first cases of the virus were recorded in December 2019 and stringent government lockdown measures were imposed.As a result, Sinopec’s profits fell by more than 16% in 2019-20 to $6.8bn. Oil and gas is often painted as the dirtiest sector within the energy industry (Credit: Shutterstock/SINCHAI_B) Sinopec and Royal Dutch Shell are two of the top five largest oil and gas companies in the world by revenue.Oil and gas is often painted as the dirtiest sector within the energy industry and has come under intense scrutiny over the past few years for its role in polluting the atmosphere.But, in a bid to clean up the economy, major companies have started to invest in renewable technologies as they expand their portfolios to cater to environmentally conscious investors.Those efforts, however, have been hampered over the past year by the coronavirus pandemic, which has had a dramatic impact on producers following a drastic drop in energy demand.Here, NS Energy profiles the top five largest oil and gas firms, based on the 2020 Fortune Global 500’s revenue figures. The oil and gas industry boasts some of the largest companies in the world, with five producers listed in the top 10 of the Fortune Global 500 4. Saudi AramcoSaudi Aramco is the state-owned oil company of Saudi Arabia and is the fourth-largest oil and gas company by revenue, after bringing in $330bn.The Dhahran-headquartered firm, which was founded in 1933, has the world’s second-largest proven crude oil reserves – more than 270 billion barrels – and is the largest daily oil-producing company.In December 2019, Saudi Aramco’s shares began trading on the Saudi Stock Exchange, where it became the largest initial public offering (IPO) in the world at the time, raising $25.6bn.The company recorded $88bn in profits in 2019-20. 2. China National PetroleumChina National Petroleum is the state-owned parent company of PetroChina – the country’s second-largest oil producer.Having brought in $379bn in revenue, China National Petroleum is also the second-largest oil and gas firm in the world.The Beijing-headquartered firm, which was founded in 1988, brought in $4.4bn in profits in 2019-20.It currently holds assets in 30 countries around the world. 5. BPBP, short for Beyond Petroleum, is the fifth-largest oil and gas company in the world. Due to weak oil prices, its revenue fell by 7% in 2019-20 to $283bn.The British oil giant, which is regarded as one of the supermajors, suffered a 57% drop in profits in the latest fiscal year to $4bn.The London-headquartered firm was founded in 1909 and has operations across 80 countries around the world.Having previously been the first oil major to commit significant capital to renewable energy projects, BP outlined its plan in February 2020 to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. 3. Royal Dutch ShellShell has recorded $352bn in revenue and is regarded as one of the “supermajors” (Credit: Shutterstock/siam.pukkato)Royal Dutch Shell, which was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, is the third-largest oil and gas firm.The Anglo-Dutch multinational has recorded $352bn in revenue and is regarded as one of the “supermajors” – a term used to describe the world’s six largest publicly traded oil and gas firms.Following weaker oil prices, Shell’s profits were down by more than a third in 2019-20 to $15.8bn.Over the past few years, the company has expanded its portfolio by purchasing renewable energy assets such as UK-based electricity and gas provider First Utility, and Europe’s largest electric vehicle charging company NewMotion.Shell is aiming to become a net-zero emissions business by 2050.last_img read more

A call to action to reduce credit union website calls to action

first_imgHow many calls to action does your credit union’s homepage have?If you don’t know, I encourage you to add them up.Right now.And for those needing guidance in this exercise, we’ve outlined a few steps for you to follow:Use Quirktools’ Screenfly to determine how many calls to action a user can see at a specific screen resolution.Set a custom screen size of 1366×768 as it is the most popular resolution used by consumers, according to W3 Schools.Count all calls to action, defined as any clickable banner, text link, promotional graphic or form, such as your online banking sign in. You can exclude items within drop down menus and navigation buttons from this calculation.So how many calls to action did you find?In one digital marketing study, we found the average bank or credit union has around 28 different calls to action on their homepage. We used a standard screen resolution of 1366×768, allowing us to fairly compare each website when calculating the various calls to action.Without a point of reference, “28” may seem like an arbitrary number.But think about it this way. Imagine if each of your physical branches had 28 different entrances. That’s what you’re essentially doing to your digital branch when you put so many different calls to action on your homepage.In fact, as we continued our digital marketing study, we looked outside the industry at various online retailers who have simplified both their homepage and their calls to action.Using the same methodology as before, we found that these homepages had an average of just 6.5 different calls to action. These highly focused websites were designed to help guide and lead consumers to take a very specific action.An Exercise in Simplifying Consumer’s ChoicesSometimes simplifying the choices and options for a consumer requires you to focus and ultimately, say no to things. This is a key reason the Chick-fil-A menu only has seven choices. The fewer the choices, the easier it is for someone to make a decision on what to order.Now compare the simplified menu to that of a crowded menu from other restaurants, like the Cheesecake Factory, where choice is abundant. Consumers have even compared this menu to reading a book:“Always like the table bread, gives you something to munch on while waiting for your meal or just taking the time to read through the book that is the Cheesecake Factory menu.”“The menu is a book, so if you’re indecisive like me look at it beforehand.”“Their menu is HUGE, it’s like a small book. ““Their menu reads like a book – just a little busy.”How Can You Simplify Your Website?Spend sometime reviewing your website from two perspectives: the consumer and the current member. When doing so, ask yourself:What can we remove from the homepage to simplify it? Copy? Images? Products?What can we remove from our product pages?What if we just offered three main products online? What would those be?As you go through this exercise, it is important to test how consumers are using your website currently. This will provide you with perspective on their behavior, which can be compiled through heat maps, click maps and live feedback.If you find you need help with any of these exercises, our Digital Marketing Blueprints can provide you with recommendations on how you can build a website that sells. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jonathan Lay As Senior  Advisor at CU Grow, Jonathan Lay helps banks and credit unions use digital marketing to tell stories that sell. He brings over a decade of digital marketing experience … Web: www.cugrow.com Detailslast_img read more

Harrison aiming to halt Price bandwagon

first_imgAudley Harrison has vowed to prove his critics wrong when he faces unbeaten heavyweight prospect David Price.Stonebridge Park’s former Olympic gold medallist, 40, will be a massive underdog when he takes on Price in the British and Commonwealth champion’s home city of Liverpool on 13 October.The clash has been dubbed ‘The Battle of the Olympians’ given that Harrison took gold in 2000 and Price was a bronze medallist four years ago.Whereas Harrison has been much criticised during his professional career, the affable Price has attracted many admirers with a string of knockout wins.But Harrison declared: “It’s a great opportunity for me. I’ve fallen down many times and always found a way to get back up.“It’s a huge fight. There’s David Price on the way up – he hasn’t really put a foot wrong – and Mr Harrison on the way down.“What does he [Harrison] have left? Does he have anything left? It’s going to be a tough fight and I know what it means.“All the knocks I’ve had to go through have just been part of my journey. I kept getting up, never gave up on myself and I knew I was going to get back to this place.“At 40 years of age there are injuries and I’m not the guy that was 30. But I’ve definitely still got a lot to offer.”Harrison’s stock fell further when he was stopped in the third round of a world title challenge against David Haye in November 2010 – a dismal display he says was caused by a pectoral injury.But a victory over Price would put him in contention for another world title shot.“Each man has his own pathway. I’m still on my pathway. It’s not over yet. The story is not complete,” Harrison added.“I said I was going to be a world champion, and I’m still fighting on that journey. I haven’t given up yet.“Most people have written me off, but every time you write me off I find a way to come back.”See also:Harrison destroys Adams on ring returnPrice camp ‘interested’ in Harrison fightHarrison to take on Price in LiverpoolHarrison tipped to produce ‘something special’ against PriceHarrison promises ‘Olympic performance’ against PriceDeGale and Harrison weigh in ahead of Saturday’s title fightsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers defensive rebirth: Dig deeper into this eye-popping reality

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Most surprising about the 49ers’ 3-0 start – perfect record, aside – is their must-see defense.Only the New England Patriots have allowed fewer yards, a pedestal these teams can wrestle for on Feb. 2 in Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Right? Right?!No one doubted the 49ers defense would be better. It is and then some — thanks to new players, improved incumbents, adjusted schemes, upgraded coaches and timely takeaways.Instead of stressing out about the defense and its impending doom, …last_img

Android Apps Get Virtualized to Run on Other Phones

first_imgsarah perez Mobile technology company Myriad has announced new software called Alien Dalvik which will allow Android applications to run on non-Android phones. The software will be demonstrated live for the first time next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Although Myriad may not be a household name, the company is also the maker of virtual machine software called Dalvik Turbo, which was introduced last year as way to speed up the performance of Android applications by up to three times, while also improving battery life on Android phones. This latest release builds on top of that technology and will be available for the MeeGo platform later this year, with other platforms to follow.What’s Mobile Virtualization?Mobile virtualization is developing area in the mobile industry, with obvious possibilities in the enterprise space where mobile phones are more and more often serving as end points for enterprise applications. As with PC/server virtualization scenarios, mobile virtualization also offers the benefits of increased security and reliability as well as the ability to lock in data that comes from running apps in virtual environments instead of directly on the device.As ReadWriteWeb’s Alex Williams noted last fall, mobile virtualization is why President Barack Obama can use a BlackBerry – the highly locked-down apps are run in a virtual environment where they’re protected from security threats and break-ins.It also means that corporate employees could bring their own phones to work, filled with the personal, “fun” apps they enjoy, while still meeting the needs of I.T.But on the consumer side of the equation, mobile virtualization could allow applications from one mobile platform to run on another. In this case, with the Alien Dalvik software, it means Android apps can run on MeeGo and other platforms.Android Apps on Nokia MeeGo Phones…Very Interesting Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#apps#mobile center_img For Nokia, which has been planning on introducing high-end handsets running the smartphone operating system MeeGo, the possibilities are intriguing. This would mean that Nokia customers would not only have access to the MeeGo-ready apps sold through Nokia’s own app marketplace, the Ovi Store, but they could also run many of the nearly 200,000 Android applications available today. (Myriad says “the majority” of Android apps can run unmodified, without comprising performance. We’ll see if that’s true next week at Mobile World Congress!)For the end user – the mobile consumer – it means they wouldn’t be limited to choosing a phone or tablet based on what apps its software operating system runs by default, but could pick the device whose hardware they preferred, whose user interface looked the best, or any other of a number of factors, and still have access to the large ecosystem of Android apps thanks to virtualization.For example, there are already rumors that RIM’s upcoming PlayBook tablet will use a Dalvik virtual machine to run Android apps on the BlackBerry operating system.To demonstrate the technology in action, Myriad says it will show off Alien Dalvik running on a Nokia N900, which isn’t actually a MeeGo device, but rather a Maemo-based one. Nokia’s Maemo is sort of a precursor to MeeGo, as it and Intel’s Moblin OS merged to form the forthcoming MeeGo OS.You can see the video demo of Alien Dalvik here on YouTube now. This news is especially interesting in light of recent developments at Nokia, and the speculation that it will partner with Microsoft to offer phones built with Nokia hardware, but running Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. As an alternative, this virtual machine software could instead allow Nokia to continue as planned with their MeeGo initiatives, but launch devices that had immediate access to Android apps. Maybe Nokia will surprise us and do both those things.Note: We’ve reached out to Myriad for some additional details on this news, specifically if it has plans to make partnership announcements of any kind at MWC. We’ll update when we hear back.Update: Myriad tells us it’s in talks with several suppliers at the moment but cannot yet say if they will be announcing partnerships at MWC at this time. Regarding the extent of Nokia’s involvement during the testing of the VM software on the N900, Myriad said “our activities with Nokia, as with our other customers, are commercially sensitive and so we are unfortunately unable to answer this question for you.” Hmm. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Meet Our Presenters for the Webinar “International Lifestyle Recommendations for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

first_imgBIOGRAPHIES: Drs. Brittany Y. Jarrett and Annie W. Lin are registered dietitians with expertise in the role of nutrition in the pathophysiology and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Both completed their doctoral training with Dr. Marla E. Lujan in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and continue to collaborate on various projects. Their individual biographies can be found below. Brittany Y. Jarrett, PhD, RD is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). She is passionate about nutrition and women’s health and has spent the last nine years studying their link in the context of PCOS. Her research involves the use of high-resolution ovarian ultrasonography to (1) characterize ovarian follicle development in PCOS and (2) clarify the effectiveness of weight loss to restore ovulatory function in patients with obesity. Brittany hopes that her group’s efforts will inform novel lifestyle-related therapies for reproductive function and ultimately promote the well-being of women across the lifespan. Brittany received her BS and PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. During her PhD Program, she simultaneously completed Cornell’s Dietetic Internship through Cornell Cooperative Extension and University of Rochester Medical Center. She now lives in Chicago, IL. Annie W. Lin, PhD, RD is a National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. For the past six years, Annie has been investigating the associations between PCOS with diet, physical activity, and health-related beliefs (PubMed link). A recent publication has gained some media attention, particularly bringing attention to the importance of effective patient-provider communication in PCOS. Annie hopes that the research can be used as an advocacy resource for patients with PCOS and clinicians interested in understanding more about this condition. Annie completed the combined MS and Dietetic Internship program at Rush University Medical Center and her PhD in Human Nutrition at Cornell University. During her enrollment at Cornell, Annie participated as a Nutrition Evidence Library abstractor for the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines. Annie W. Lin, PhD, RD Brittany Jarrett PhD, RD Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Science Postdoctoral Fellowlast_img read more

Peter C Deddeh to begin twoyear term as presiding judge of San

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 4:26 PM December 27, 2017 Posted: December 27, 2017 Peter C. Deddeh to begin two-year term as presiding judge of San Diego Superior Court Mondaycenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Judge Peter C. Deddeh will begin a two-year term as presiding judge of the San Diego Superior Court on Monday, court officials announced Wednesday.Deddeh, a 20-year veteran of the Superior Court, was elected to the top judicial leadership position by his fellow jurists in November. He succeeds current Presiding Judge Jeffrey Barton, who finishes his term on Dec. 31.“It is a great honor to lead the San Diego Superior Court for the next two years, through this time of significant challenges and substantial changes,” Deddeh said. “The San Diego Superior Court has a long and storied tradition of delivering fair, open, accessible and timely justice to our community. Although deep budget cuts have resulted in noticeable service reductions, our staff and judicial officers will continue to provide justice for all of our citizens.”Deddeh will be the first presiding judge to oversee operations in the new Central Courthouse, located at 1100 Union St., as he also leads the entire San Diego Superior Court system with its more than 150 judicial officers and 1,200 employees. He will be supported in his efforts by an Executive Committee of Superior Court judges, as well as the court’s executive officer and management team.“In furthering our goal of providing accessible justice, we proudly opened the new Central Courthouse this week,” Deddeh said. “This 22-story, 71-courtroom marvel consolidates departments from three different courthouses into one convenient location.”Deddeh was appointed in 1998 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including serving as the supervising judge in Central Criminal and East County. He has been instrumental in communicating court needs and budget constraints to the state Legislature.Prior to his appointment to the bench, Deddeh worked as a prosecutor for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. He holds a degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.San Diego judicial officers chose Judge Lorna Alksne to serve alongside Deddeh as assistant presiding judge. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more