Two journalists killed on the job by falling tree in North Carolina

WYFF News anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer of the NBC affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina, died after the tree hit their sport utility vehicle on a highway. (Courtesy WYFF)
Updated 29 May 2018
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Two journalists killed on the job by falling tree in North Carolina

NEW YORK : A television news anchor and a camera operator were killed on Monday when a tree in North Carolina fell on their vehicle as they were covering the effects of a rainstorm in Polk County, officials said.
WYFF News anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer of the NBC affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina, died after the tree hit their sport utility vehicle on a highway, the station reported.
Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant said he had just given an interview to McCormick when, minutes later, he received a call about the incident. He arrived to discover the victims were the two men he had just met.
“It personally affected me a little bit because I had done an interview with Mr. McCormick about 10 minutes before we got the call, and we had talked a little bit about how he wanted us to stay safe and how we wanted him to stay safe,” Tennant told reporters.
The ground was saturated from the rain, and a large tree about 3 feet (1 m) in diameter fell on the journalists’ SUV, apparently as it was driving along Highway 176, Tennant said. When first responders arrived, the engine was running and the transmission was in drive, Tennant said.
“It is a freak of nature,” Tennant said. “I think it was a matter of the tree root system had failed and the tree came down.”
McCormick had been with the station since 2007, first as a reporter and later as anchor of two Sunday broadcasts, WYFF said. Smeltzer joined the station in February of this year. Both were born in 1982.
Polk County is about 90 miles (145 km) west of Charlotte.


Argaam named ‘digital sponsor’ for Euromoney conference

Updated 17 September 2019

Argaam named ‘digital sponsor’ for Euromoney conference

  • Argaam provides a wide range of editorial and media services for companies and banks

Argaam will participate as a digital sponsor at the 14th edition of Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference 2019 to be held on Wednesday and Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh, under the patronage of Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Saudi minister of finance.

Organized by Euromoney International in cooperation with the Saudi Ministry of Finance, this year’s edition titled “Growing the New Financial Ecosystem” will focus on financial technology (fintech), as well as latest trends in the banking sector and capital market.

An exhibition will also be held on the sidelines of the conference, where several financial institutions and entities will showcase their products and services.

Being a digital sponsor, Argaam will set up an exclusive news studio at the heart of Euromoney, where it will host and conduct interviews with senior officials and executives in the finance and economic sectors to address latest developments prevailing across the Saudi market and economy.

Argaam is Saudi Arabia’s leading provider of financial data, news, and analysis on the Kingdom’s equity markets. It provides a wide range of editorial and media services for companies and banks, including real-time coverage on equities and macroeconomics in Saudi Arabia and the GCC. 

“Argaam is thrilled to invite you to visit its booth at Euromoney Saudi Arabia 2019 and explore a wide array of services provided to those interested in the Saudi and Gulf markets,” it said in a press release.

The two-day conference is one of the most important financial events in the region.

Organizers have introduced three new initiatives to create an even more interactive and informative experience for the participants, according to the conference website. The Euromoney Tech Tent will showcase regional and international fintech companies who are building the future of finance. The Euromoney Knowledge Hub will run 30-minute live briefings throughout the day — focusing on new developments in finance. Euromoney Amplify will run a live global markets simulation all through the conference — with participants being able to play the markets as either buy-side or sell-side institutions.