A BRIT Awards set designer who’s worked on Coldplay tours and Glastonbury told us the craziest demands she’s had from a band or artist

Misty Buckley is one of the most important people behind the scenes at this year’s BRIT Awards, and is in charge of designing the awards show set Her job is to make this year’s set “bigger and better” than last year’s show, which featured a George Michael tribute. She’s worked on Glastonbury, the 2012 Paralympics, the BBC Music Awards, and two Coldplay tours. Over the years she’s had some pretty bizarre requests. Today is one of the busiest days of Misty Buckley’s career. As Production Designer for the BRIT Awards, the 38-year-old is making sure everything is in place for Wednesday night’s glitzy awards show in London, which honours the… Read More

Continue Reading

10 things you need to know in markets today

Good morning! Here’s what you need to know in markets on Wednesday. 1. It’s jobs day in the UK. The Office for National Statistics will later on Wednesday release its latest data on the state of the UK’s job market, including stats on the unemployment rate, and on wage growth. The figures will be released at 9.30 a.m. GMT. 2. Lloyds Bank is set to return another £1 billion to investors through a new share buyback when it releases its annual results on Wednesday. According to Sky News, Lloyds “will unveil the move alongside annual results and a new three-year strategy that will take it to the end of the… Read More

Continue Reading

Deutsche Bank’s UK staff are getting an extra 5 days of holiday – but it’s making some employees worried

Deutsche Bank UK staff are to get an extra five days holiday, boosting the annual allowance to 30 days. The change takes effect on April 1, a few weeks after bonuses are announced in March. UK Deutsche Bank employees could potentially have 40 days holiday a year, with options to roll-over and purchase an extra 10 days. Deutsche Bank’s UK employees are set to enjoy an extra week’s holiday, after the bank raised its annual holiday allowance from 25 to 30 days, according to an internal memo seen by Business Insider. The change takes effect at the start of April, around a month after bonuses are announced in March, and… Read More

Continue Reading

US men’s hockey team loses to Czech Republic in heartbreaking shootout, is eliminated from Olympic play

The United States’ men’s hockey team lost to the Czech Republic in a shootout late Tuesday night. American goalie Ryan Zapolski did his best to play hero at the end, stopping all but one attempt, but the United States couldn’t find a matching goal in the shootout. The loss eliminates the Americans from Olympic play and medal contention. The United States’ men’s hockey team lost to the Czech Republic in a shootout late Tuesday night, eliminating the American team from Olympic play. The American side put up a fine fight, facing a Czech Republic team that had earned a bye into the quarterfinals and thus was working off a bit… Read More

Continue Reading

Ex-JPMorgan trader turned bitcoin fund manager says ICOs are ‘better’ than IPOs — but only 5% are worth investing in

Danny Masters ran JPMorgan’s commodities trading desk in New York in the 1990s. He left to set up his own commodities fund in 2000 but pivoted it to crypto in 2014. Masters told BI that “initial coin offerings” provider” a richness that you’ll never get in a regular IPO.” He admits ICO market is “chaotic” but wants a technological solution, not regulation. LONDON — A former commodities trader-turned-bitcoin fund manager says that so-called initial coin offerings (ICOs) “offer a richness that you’ll never get in a regular IPO.” Danny Masters, who ran JPMorgan’s commodities trading business in New York in the 1990s, told Business Insider: “I’ve never seen a better… Read More

Continue Reading

Mark Cuban fires 2 Mavericks employees after report details allegations of a ‘hostile work environment’ including sexual harassment and domestic violence

A report from Sports Illustrated details allegations of a “hostile work environment” within the Dallas Mavericks organization. The allegations include years of inappropriate behavior by the team’s former president and CEO, and accusations that the head of human resources did little when women complained. The report also details allegations of domestic violence made against the team’s in-house beat writer, who was allowed to remain employed after he was accused of hitting a fellow Mavs employee he was dating. Mark Cuban fired the team’s head of HR and the beat writer after learning of the SI report. Mark Cuban has fired the Dallas Mavericks’ head of human resources and in-house beat… Read More

Continue Reading