Cheap Chinese labour has been crucial to the building of “Factory Asia”, the name given to the region’s complex of cross-border supply chains. In 2013 Asia accounted for 46.5%. of global manufacturing output. Since 2001, hourly manufacturing wages in China have risen by an average of 12% a year. Hence the incipient rise of South-East Asia, which offers a big labour pool with low wages http://econ.st/18GC7FS
A tightening grip
A SMALL factory in an industrial park outside Shanghai, churning out widgets you never see but probably use, provides a perfect snapshot of the state of global...
Drowning Today, Parched Tomorrow
By STEVEN SOLOMON
Pakistan’s floods are a sign of an incipient water shortage.
Wyeth gave America a prim and flinty view of Puritan rectitude, starchily sentimental, through parched gray and brown pictures of spooky frame houses, desiccated fields, deserted beaches, circling buzzards and craggy-faced New Englanders.
A mash-up of memoir, travel guide and history, “The Most Beautiful Walk in the World” is the result of Baxter’s unwitting entry into the tour business. A friend running a week-long literary seminar persuades him to tag along on one of the event’s organized walks with a Harvard professor/Robert Redford look-alike. The academic, Baxter observes, turns out to be “more than dry. He was parched. Desiccated.”flint
noun [C or U]
1 (a piece of) shiny grey or black stone that is like glass
2 (a piece of) stone or metal used in a musket to make it fire or in a cigarette lighter to produce a flame
1 made of or like flint:
a flinty material
2 severe and determined:
The head teacher has a rather flinty manner.
adjective primmer, primmest DISAPPROVING
very formal and correct in behaviour and easily shocked by anything rude:
She's much too prim and proper to drink pints of beer.
A primly dressed young woman ran up to the car.
adjective INFORMAL DISAPPROVING
behaving in a formal way and without humour:
Science museums have tried to shake off their somewhat starchy image by mounting exhibitions designed to draw in the crowds.
adverb INFORMAL DISAPPROVING
100g of desiccated (= dried and broken into small pieces) coconut
2 DISAPPROVING not interesting or completely lacking in imagination:
All the party seems to have to offer is the same desiccated old ideas.
past tense: parched; past participle: parched; adjective: parched
a large European bird that is a type of hawk, or a type of North American vulture that feeds on the flesh of dead animals
a high rough mass of rock which sticks out from the land around it
1 having many crags:
a craggy coastline
2 describe a man's face that is quite roughly formed and has loose skin but is also attractive:
a craggy face
Beginning to exist or appear: detecting incipient tumors; an incipient personnel problem.
[Latin incipiēns, incipient-, present participle of incipere, to begin. See inception.]
incipiency in·cip'i·en·cy or in·cip'i·ence n.
incipiently in·cip'i·ent·ly adv.