France: Protest planned amid revelry; Macron defends agenda

Paris is holding its annual New Year’s Eve celebration on the Champs-Elysees under heavy security as protesters from an anti-government movement planned to gather Monday night on the famed avenue where a peaceful march at the beginning of the month led to violent clashes with police.

Na Koa sweeps Holiday Classic

The Isle Hoops B team rolled over the Westside, 73-19, to clinch the title berth of the girls seventh- and eighth-grade division Saturday evening during the championship match at the second annual Isle Hoops Holiday Classic at the Wilcox Gymnasium on the Island School campus.

Casera Silva is 2018 top cowgirl

The Kauai All Girl Rodeo Association closed its year by naming Casera Silva as the All Around Cowgirl during its recent year-end gathering, where year-end point standings were also announced.

Happy Camper for Monday, December 31, 2018

Kudos to Gerald Hirata, Roberta Yanagawa and the Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji and the Kapaa Hongwanji Mission on their respective mochi-making efforts to keep the New Year traditions alive on Kauai! Kim Murakami said he’s retired now so his entire family (even Kalani came home from California to help) gets involved with the church, and Brian Yamamoto had his Okinawa exchange students, Natsuki Morii and Kana Iwamoto, helping at the Kapaa gathering.

Merry mochi making

Mayor Derek Kawakami was tasked with learning a new aspect of making mochi Sunday during the mochi making, or mochitsuki, at the Ed Kawamura home in Wailua Homesteads.

Kauai’s night sky and what’s ahead

Your local Kauai astronomy enthusiasts are here again to tell you about another exciting month of stargazing! Since you arelucky enough to live in one of the least light polluted places on the planet, all you need to do is walk outside, step awayfrom any lights, and look up! Or come check out a monthly KEASA starwatch.

Hawaiian Airlines CEO to visit

Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO, will be the keynote speaker at the Jan. 15 meeting of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort.

Trump-Pelosi showdown over shutdown first battle of new era

Nancy Pelosi often quotes Abraham Lincoln saying public sentiment is everything. It’s a theory that will be put to the test when the new House Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end the government shutdown without money for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico.

Election official says Bangladesh’s ruling alliance won vote

An election official says Bangladesh’s ruling alliance led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won Sunday’s election with 288 seats giving it enough to form the government. Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed finished delivering the results of the voting early Monday.

‘Aquaman’ still rules, and others see a post-Christmas bump

In the final weekend of 2018, “Aquaman” still led the pack at the box office, but other films like “Mary Poppins Returns,” ”The Mule” and “Second Act” enjoyed post-holiday bumps too, even amid an onslaught of new Christmas offerings like “Vice,” ”Holmes and Watson,” ”On the Basis of Sex” and the Netflix phenomenon “Bird Box.”