Three agreements on the disengagement of military forces had been reached, two between Egypt and Israel, and one between Syria and Israel, which set the stage for Carter’s own diplomatic efforts in the Arab–Israeli arena.,For example, during a somewhat stiff meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in March 1977, Carter pressed for Israel’s view on the future of the West Bank.,The main reason for the shift away from Carter’s initial hope that progress could be made on a broad Arab–Israeli peace was the election in May 1977 of Menachem Begin as Prime Minister of Israel—an event unforeseen in Washington.,Begin lectured us as if we were uneducated schoolchildren, showing us—Carter and the rest of the American diplomatic team—simplistic maps of the Middle East with all the Arab countries colored in red and tiny Israel standing out in blue as the only reliable democracy in the region.,In a private meeting during this visit, Begin asked Carter not to repeat his view that Israel should withdraw to the 1967 lines in return for peace, with only minor, mutually agreed modifications.

Since the famous Marshmallow test took place in 1970 and numerous studies have proven how mental toughness is the most common trait among successful people.,According to the US psychologist, and bestselling author, Angela Duckworth the prime indicator of achievement isn’t IQ or talent, but the possession of “grit”, the ability to dig in and keep going despite the headwinds.,Habits are contagious, this is why people who exercise regularly are often more successful than people who eat junk food all day.,– Napoleon Hill

Who should you believe, your friend who says affirmations are silly or Napoleon Hill who spent his life interviewing the world’s richest and most successful men?,According to a 2010 study by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), long-term meditation strengthens your brain’s frontal lobes which are the same areas weakened by alcohol abuse, porn and drug addictions. read more

Today, teachers are once again on the brink of a walkout, saying public education is in peril.If the strike takes place Monday, as planned, it would be the third in the five-decade history of United Teachers Los Angeles.The earlier strikes, in 1970 and 1989, brought turmoil to the school system and angst to the city as students languished at schools with light supervision, played hooky or demonstrated while union and district officials wrangled in court and in the media for the upper hand.,The threatened walkout could do the same.As in past strikes, the pay dispute is compounded by deeper battles over the stature of teachers and the funding of public education.The district has offered teachers a 6% raise spread over the first two years of a three-year contract.,The union wants an immediate 6.5% raise, retroactive to a year earlier.Teachers have rejected the districts limited offer to reduce class size and add more support staff and are demanding the reversal of years of cutbacks to fully staff schools.The unions rhetoric reflects a theme of teacher empowerment that has been at the center of the school districts labor struggles going back to 1970, when UTLA members were off the job for nearly five weeks.The lasting effects of the earlier strikes have been mixed.,The paymaster here is the state.He wondered whether a strike might undermine any effort to amend California tax law in ways that would allow LAUSD to move up from the bottom 10 places in the country in terms of school funding.The same question infused the previous strikes.In 1970, teachers won a 5% pay raise along with smaller classes and the creation of advisory councils on which they would share power with administrators gains hailed as a watershed at the time.We have turned the school administrative system upside down, and teachers for the first time have achieved a dignity for themselves because they now speak to administrators as equals, Don Baer, UTLAs then-executive director, said at the time.But others cried sellout because the walkout failed to wring new funds from Sacramento, where Gov. Ronald Reagan remained unsympathetic.We should have stayed out on strike until Gov. Reagan and the Legislature were forced to realize that education in California is a top-priority problem, said a disgruntled teacher quoted anonymously in the Los Angeles Times.The union victory was further compromised when a court found that California law did not authorize school districts to engage in collective bargaining and nullified the contract.But the strikes impact was felt years later, in 1975, when the Legislature approved the Rodda Act, establishing collective bargaining for teachers.That was my bill to protect the teachers and give them a voice and make sure the students that the teachers taught were listened to, so the winners of the strike have to be the students, said Bill Lambert, a UTLA co-founder.,Teachers in 1970 ignored a Superior Court order declaring their strike illegal, ultimately resulting in $12,000 in fines for the union and five of its officers.The union went to court in 1989 unsuccessfully seeking an order to prevent Britton from withholding pay from teachers who refused to turn in grades.In the current dispute, the district asked a court, also unsuccessfully, seeking to require special education teachers to continue working during a strike, and the union went to court over the strike start date.But Kerchner, the Claremont Graduate University historian, sees the background themes of past strikes as greatly magnified today because of changes in the city itself no longer a mecca for socially engaged corporate leadership and the emergence of charter schools.This is a strike about the soul of public education, Kerchner said, calling it a contest between two prophets preaching opposite visions.On the one hand, Caputo-Pearl has a very clear idea of what he thinks schools in Los Angeles should look like, community schools with wraparound services.Beutner, he said, has been manifestly unclear about his plan, but given who supported him making a safe haven for charter schools is much more in his wheelhouse.For Tokofsky, this debate pits an unrealistic idealist against an unseasoned ideologue with a lack of reality on both sides.There is a lot of anger here that feels different, Tokofsky said.Johnson also sees the current situation as fundamentally different from the 1989 strike he led.UTLA keeps saying publicly its not about the money, Johnson said in an interview.

REDDING, CT — Christine E. Hansen (nee Daniels), 48, of Redding, passed away on December 3, 2018 at Danbury Regional Hospice after a 5 year battle with breast cancer.,She also served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Redding.,Christine is survived by her devoted husband Tom, as well as her pride and joy, son Connor of Redding, son Matthew and daughter-in-law Laura of Fort Sill, OK, daughter Kristyn of New Haven, her beloved dog Kirby, mother Diana Daniels of Redding, brother Greg Daniels of Fairfield, father and mother-in-law Robert and Nancy Hansen of Bethel, brother-in-law Robert Hansen, Jr. and sister-in-law Brenda of Shelton, maternal grandmother Elizabeth Daniels of Sherman, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.,A Memorial Mass for relatives and close friends will be held at St. Patrick Church in Redding on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.,To offer online condolences to Christine's family, please visit www.boutonfuneralhome.com.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its 15 modern-era finalists for the Class of 2019 on Thursday, and among the esteemed group of gridiron stars were a trio of Louisiana Sports Hall of Famers.,Former LSU offensive line standouts Alan Faneca and Kevin Mawae and Louisiana native Ed Reed made the list of modern-era finalists.,Joining that trio is Louisiana native and former LSU great Johnny Robinson as this year’s senior finalist.,The other modern-era finalists include Kansas City and Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce, Indianapolis and Arizona running back Edgerrin James, Denver safety Steve Atwater, Washington and Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, New England cornerback Ty Law, Tampa Bay and Denver safety John Lynch, Jacksonville offensive tackle Tony Boselli, Seattle and Minnesota offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, New England defensive lineman Richard Seymour, St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers coach Don Coryell and Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders coach Tom Flores.,Robinson, a Delhi native who was an All-State tennis, baseball and football player at University Lab School in Baton Rouge (his father Dub Robinson coached the LSU tennis team), played on LSU’s 1958 national championship football team, played his entire pro career for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL, winning championships in 1962, 1966 and 1969.

Playing its first game as a ranked team this season, No. 23 Oklahoma owns eight wins away from Norman while facing the second toughest strength of schedule according to the NCAA NET Rankings.,• Oklahoma is off to its fourth start of 11-1 (or better) during Kruger’s eight seasons as head coach (also third in the last four seasons).,• Oklahoma is 8-1 in games away from Norman this season (includes “home” victories in OKC and Tulsa).,• Oklahoma averages 34.6 paint points per game and is averaging 44.0 paint points over its last three games.,• Oklahoma has won 19 of its last 21 games inside Lloyd Noble Center and 21 of its last 23 “home” games (includes victories in OKC and Tulsa).

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• OU is making its 20th consecutive bowl bid, by far the longest streak in school history (the previous record was eight from through the 1982 seasons under Barry Switzer).,• This marks the fourth straight season Oklahoma has won at least seven consecutive games heading into its bowl contest (seven in 2015, nine in 2016, eight in 2017 and seven this year).,• Only one OU team (51.1 in 2008) averaged more points per game for a season than this year's squad is averaging (49.5).,• Oklahoma has rushed for at least 300 yards and passed for at least 300 in a game a school-record five times this year (the previous record was two times in 2012), including in four of the last six contests.,• Brooks has carried the rushing load for OU over the last four games, running 71 times for 546 yards (7.7 per rush) and six touchdowns.

The Bills actually played in a playoff game for the first time in 18 years (though connected to the 2017 season, we'll point out the 10-3 loss at Jacksonville was played on Jan. 7, 2018).,As for Dallas, it's where St. Bonaventure's best basketball season since the 1970 Final Four ended after it became the first Big 4 team to win an NCAA Tournament game since 2007.,Dahlin was the center of attention at the NHL Scouting Combine in HarborCenter the last week of May and then came the big moment: Less than two months after Allen donned his Bills jersey in Big D, Dahlin did likewise with his first Sabres sweater, becoming the club's first No. 1 overall since Pierre Turgeon in 1987

While the Bills hope Allen can develop into a solid NFL quarterback, Dahlin has already developed into a mainstay on the Buffalo defense and will give the Sabres a long-missing presence in the NHL and even on the international hockey scene.,In March, the University at Buffalo men's basketball team stunned fourth-seeded Arizona, 89-68, in a first-round NCAA Tournament game in Boise, Idaho, for the program's first NCAA win and the first in a main-draw victory by a local school since the days of Bob Lanier in Olean.,Emily Pfalzer is draped in the American flag after the U.S. team was awarded the gold medal in women's ice hockey (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) read more

At 11 a.m. in Milwaukee, noon in New York and 7 p.m. in Greece — one of the 215 countries that will be seeing the NBA’s Christmas games, and a basketball-crazed nation where fans will watch in droves to see their brightest star — that will all change, when Antetokounmpo and the Bucks visit the Knicks.,“Christmas games always stand out,” said LeBron James, who’ll be wearing a Los Angeles Lakers uniform on the holiday for the first time.,Like Antetokounmpo, this Christmas will be Mitchell’s first game as an NBA player.,We’re happy the NBA chose us to be one of those teams and hopefully we can put on a good show for all of the people who are going to watch the game and enjoy the game and enjoy Christmas also.”,In 1956, the league’s eight teams got together for two Christmas doubleheaders — two games at Madison Square Garden, two others at the War Memorial in Rochester, New York.