Macron’s spin director to quit amid scandals and growing Yellow Vest anger

Emmanuel Macron’s communications director, who shaped his message the campaign, has resigned. It is yet another high-profile departure as the president’s rating are down after several scandals and nationwide protests. Citing personal reasons for the resignation, Sylvain Fort said on Thursday that he would leave the job at the end of January, telling France Info […]

At Home and Abroad: the Growing Contradictions of Silicon Valley

It only took Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a few hours to publicly criticize President Donald Trump’s January 2017 executive order banning the U.S. entry of travelers from certain Muslim-dominated nations. His response — soon echoed by several other Silicon Valley CEOs — was in keeping with the traditionally liberal principles promoted by American tech companies: […]

7 million people in China left cities to move to rural areas and take up farming last year, and it reveals a growing trend

VCG/VCG via Getty Images A rising number of educated urbanites in China are choosing to wave goodbye to city life and head back to the land. “Reverse urbanization” is picking up as infrastructure improves in remote areas. Last year the Ministry of Agriculture announced that seven million people had returned to the countryside from cities. […]

How consumers rank the top delivery services in the US — and how they stack up against the growing threat of Amazon (AMZN, FDX, USD)

The transportation and logistics industry is undergoing a massive shift as a result of surging deliveries. Daily parcel volumes are higher than ever before — but so are customers’ expectations for cheap and fast fulfillment.  BI Intelligence To keep up with mounting demand, retailers and their logistics partners have been racing to develop more efficient […]

How e-tailers can take advantage of the growing popularity of smart home devices to engage with consumers (AMZN, TGT, GOOGL, WMT, GE)

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. Current subscribers can read the report here. Business Insider IntelligenceConsumers are finally starting to adopt smart home devices, with nearly 60% owning at least one device. This presents an […]

Supergirl Cast Previews Nia's Power-ful Discovery, Growing Bond With Brainy

Sunday’s Supergirl (The CW, 8/7c) finally addresses the sleeping elephant in the room, as Kara and Brainy begin to help Nia accept and control her dreamy superpowers — and, time permitting, her narcolepsy. In fact, the threesome spends so much time in close quarters that the actors have begun referring to their characters as the […]

‘We’re losing this battle’: CDC warns of growing infestation of potentially deadly tick across US

An Asian tick species capable of transmitting deadly diseases to humans is exploding in population and has already spread to eight states in just a year after its first appearance in the US, warns the Centers for Disease Control. The Asian longhorned tick was only seen in laboratories and in quarantine in the US until […]

Hockey Night in Canada podcast: Connor McDavid's legend is growing

The first month of the 2018-19 NHL season has already provided us with plenty to talk about and analyze — including some surprises thanks to a few of the Canadian clubs, and the unmatched skills of Connor McDavid. It's still early enough that nothing is written in stone, but it's also a big enough sample size that we […]

The path to economic development is growing more treacherous, again

IN THE 1990S economists had almost given up on the developing world. Although individual countries, like Singapore or South Korea, occasionally scaled the income ladder, the overall picture was, in the words of Lant Pritchett, a development economist at Harvard University, “divergence, big-time” between advanced economies and the rest. Then the scene changed. From the […]