Pence says US embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of 2019

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Israeli lawmakers Monday that the U.S. would put plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem on a fast track, drawing angry denunciations from Arabs who were forcibly removed from the hall during his speech before Israel’s parliament.

Pope apologizes to abuse victims, but defends Chilean bishop

Pope Francis apologized for insisting that victims of pedophile priests show “proof” to be believed, saying he realized it was a “slap in the face” to victims that he never intended. But he doubled down on defending a Chilean bishop accused by victims of covering up for the country’s most notorious pedophile priest, and he repeated that anyone who makes such accusations without providing evidence is guilty of slander.

Legal loophole complicates child porn case in Hawaii

A man suspected of showing pornography to a 4-year-old has avoided charges partly because of a loophole in Hawaii state law. The girl told her parents that a friend’s father showed her a video with a sex act in it and asked her if she wanted to try it at a sleepover, authorities said, adding that the girl refused.

Ocean awareness poster contest open to all students

The Kinolau O Kanaloa poster contest encourages aloha for the ocean. The student art contest focuses on celebrating the kinolau (bodily forms) of Kanaloa (Hawaiian god of the sea) and is open to all Kauai students. The artwork will be on display at Kukui Grove Center from Feb. 9-18.

Gabbard’s office to offer 1-on-1 assistance with federal issues

Three federal agency assistance sessions will offer Kauai constituents the opportunity to get individual assistance with federal agency matters. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Kauai Outreach Liaison, Kaulana Finn, will be available for one-on-one federal casework assistance during the sessions.

Sustainable projects funded

The county Office of Economic Development announced last week that it will be providing funding of $432,701 to 29 projects or activities that support sustainable economic development for Kauai County.

County leaders reflect on 2017 accomplishments

With 2017 now past, Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. and some Kauai County Council members took time to reflect on accomplishments over the past year. Breaking ground on the Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center is at the top of the list for Carvalho, who said it took a lot of energy and commitment from the community and dedication from all levels of government.

Feral pig population holding steady

They are mainstays for luaus and centerpieces in photos, reminiscent of a few characters in movies and just as destructive as their cartoon counterparts. They are feral pigs on the Garden Island.

Letters for Monday, January 22, 2018

• Mahalo for kindness at Koloa Big Save • Remember ‘lazy politicians’ at next election • Local families need help getting affordable housing

Red Cross needs to adjust advice for nuclear attack

The Garden Island published an article on page A6 on Jan. 16, three days after the horrible mess caused by the warning we all suffered from on Saturday, Jan. 13. It was put out by the Red Cross and written by the CEO, Coralie Chun Matayoshi. I have quite a few issues with it that I will cover shortly.

Happy Camper for Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy retirement to Dave Jordan of Friendship House after serving more than 25 years as the great helper of many “Friends!” Kudos to Melissa McFerrin-Warrack and Malia Nobrega-Olivera on opening “The Ocean Around Us” despite the federal government shutting down!

Defending Menehuneland

The Waimea Menehune posted a 15-for-18 showing at the charity stripe to pull off a 39-35 win over the Kapaa Warriors Saturday in a defensive slugfest in Kauai Interscholastic Federation boys varsity basketball at the Clem Gomes Gym.

Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, tops Jaguars 24-20

Give ‘em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl. Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining, rallying the Patriots to a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship Sunday.