Gold Futures Settle Sharply Lower For 2nd Straight Day

Racist stomps on elderly Asian woman's face while hurling hateful slurs

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eSwatini Clinics Get Much Needed Equipment

Before the pandemic hit, 82 percent of clinics in the landlocked Southern African nation of eSwatini lacked hot running water. That has changed in the last 6 months, with the installation of solar-powered water heaters in every single government clinic, opening up clean health facilities to up to 10,000 people a day in a nation that has long struggled with building up infrastructure.

Police force bans alcohol in parks as heatwave hits large parts of UK


PHOTOS: Public memorial service and procession for Officer Eric Talley – The Denver Post

A public memorial for Boulder police Officer Eric Talley, killed in last week’s mass shooting at King Soopers in south Boulder, was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette.

The event was preceded by a police procession from Thornton north on Interstate 25.

See 'SNL' cast member's passionate speech on anti-Asian hate

New York (CNN)Two “SpongeBob SquarePants” episodes are no longer available on Paramount+ and Amazon because of inappropriate content.

One episode, “Kwarantined Crab,” from the show’s 12th season, centers on a virus storyline. “We have decided to not air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global, real-world pandemic,” a spokesperson for Nickelodeon told CNN Business.
In the episode, a health inspector comes to the Krusty Krab and finds a case of the “Clam Flu” in the restaurant. Upon this discovery, the health inspector quarantines the patrons, and the characters grow anxious. Those who are assumed to have the virus are shunned and tossed in a freezer.

    The removal of the “Kwarantined Crab” comes during a time of increased anti-Asian violence in the United States. The episode’s storyline reflects feelings of increased isolation and hatred that many Asian communities have experienced since the Covid-19 pandemic began. The World Health Organization has urged people to avoid terms like “Chinese virus” or because they can create a backlash against people of Asian descent, though former President Donald Trump repeatedly ignored such pleas.

      Another episode called “Mid-Life Crustacean” has been out of rotation since 2018. In it, SpongeBob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs break into a woman’s house and steal her underwear. “We determined some story elements were not kid-appropriate,” the Nickelodeon spokesperson said.

      Germany to restrict AstraZeneca Covid jab again over blood clot fears


      March Madness schedule, odds and TV info for Tuesday’s women’s NCAA Tournament Elite 8 games

      On Monday night, a Final Four regular and first-timer reached Friday's women's NCAA Tournament semifinals.

      In the final two Elite Eight games Tuesday night, Texas, South Carolina, Louisville and Stanford will attempt to join Connecticut and Arizona in the Final Four.

      Connecticut extended its record for consecutive appearances in the Final Four, pushing that astonishing total to 13. Arizona, meanwhile, has reached heights never experienced in program history.

      South Carolina, which won the women's NCAA Tournament in 2017, will square off against Texas, which features the potential top pick in the 2021 WNBA draft, Charli Collier.  Later, Stanford takes on Louisville in a showdown of the top two seeds in the Alamo Region.

      Monday's NCAA Tournament recap

      • BRACKETS:Men's and women's NCAA Tournament results and schedule.
      • OPINION:Real travesty of Baylor's loss is it came in a matchup with UConn that should have been women's title game.
      • RECKLESS:Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey's suggestion to stop COVID tests is ignorant, irresponsible.

      Gold Futures Settle Sharply Lower For 2nd Straight Day

      Gold prices drifted lower on Tuesday, pushing the most active gold futures contract to a weak close for a second straight session.

      A stronger dollar and rising bond yields weighed on gold prices. Optimism about strong U.S. economic recovery amid momentum in vaccination rollout and reopening of businesses dimmed the demand for the safe haven metal.

      The dollar index advanced to 93.35, gaining about 0.4%. The yield on U.S. 10-year Treasury Note rose to a 14-month high at about 1.778% before easing slightly.

      Gold futures for June ended down $28.60 or about 1.7% at $1,686.00 an ounce. May series gold futures contracts settled lower by $28.30 or 1.7% at $1,683.90 an ounce.

      Silver futures for May ended down $0.634 at $24.137 an ounce, while Copper futures for May settled at $3.9785 per pound, down $0.0560 from previous close.

      In economic news, consumer confidence in the U.S. skyrocketed by much more than anticipated in the month of March, according to a report released by the Conference Board.

      The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index spiked to 109.7 in March from a downwardly revised 90.4 in February. Economists had expected the consumer confidence index to climb to 96.0 from the 91.3 originally reported for the previous month.

      With the much bigger than expected increase, the consumer confidence index reached its highest level since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March of 2020.