United States companies added jobs at a great pace in February, with a notable shift away from the service-sector positions that have dominated hiring for years, according to a report released this week. Employment in the private sector surged by 298,000 for the month, with goods producers adding 106,000, ADP and Moody's Analytics said. Construction jobs swelled by 66,000 and manufacturing added 32,000.
Winds and strong currents brought a cruise ship unusually close to homes on the water near Port Everglades, in Florida said a spokeswoman for the union of harbor pilots, who guide ships in and out of the port. As the 16-deck, 122,000-ton Celebrity Equinox cruise ship loomed over Bill and Yasmine Todhunter’s back patio on March 3, the alarmed couple recorded video of the scene, which they posted online.
Spain’s King Felipe VI will pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom in June, Spanish media reported. The visit, which has not been formally confirmed by either the British or Spanish governments, would be the first visit by a Spanish monarch to the UK in over three decades.
Brazil's central bank and finance minister denied a report that the government could raise taxes on foreign exchange transactions to help reach this year's fiscal target. Bloomberg News had reported the move was among the options being considered by the Brazilian government to meet its fiscal target, citing a source with direct knowledge of the issue.
Bolivia passed a controversial measure on Wednesday to expand production of coca, the raw material for cocaine. Leftist president Evo Morales dismissed warnings that an increase in coca crops would fuel the illegal drug trade.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities, reads the United Nations message.
Britain has retained its spot as third best country in the world despite anxieties over Brexit, a global survey suggests. Switzerland took first place followed by Canada and the UK, the survey by US News & World Report, Y&R’s BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania shows.
British ambassador in Buenos Aires, Mark Kent this week held a meeting with relatives of Argentine combatants who lost their lives during the Falklands conflict in 1982, according to the embassy twitter. The meeting was described as “historic”, and Ambassador Kent said that the “warm and most respectful dialogue”, addressed humanitarian issues and “how to honor the memory and dignity of the fallen in combat”.
Peruvian Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) has set the maximum allowable catch quota for Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) at 160 tons for 2017. According to the Ministerial Resolution No. 097-2017-PRODUCE, published on Friday in the official newspaper El Peruano, states the quota may be modified according to biological and/or environmental conditions, following a report from the Instituto Mar del Peru (IMARPE).
Brazil's President Michel Temer launched an infrastructure concessions program on Tuesday that he said should raise 45 billion Reais (US$14.43 billion) in investment in building and operating roads, port terminals, railways and power transmission lines. Temer said the program was key to restoring an attractive business environment as Brazil struggles to emerge from its worst-ever recession.