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Albert Brooks

Albert Brooks is an American actor, comedian and director. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for 1987's Broadcast News and was praised for his performance in the 2011 film Drive, his voice acting credits include Marlin in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, Tiberius in The Secret Life of Pets and recurring guest voices for The Simpsons, including Russ Cargill in The Simpsons Movie and Hank Scorpio. He has written and starred in several comedy films, such as Modern Romance, Lost in America, Defending Your Life, he is the author of 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America. Brooks was born Albert Lawrence Einstein into a Jewish show business family in Beverly Hills, California, to Thelma Leeds, a singer and actress, Harry Einstein, a radio comedian who performed on Eddie Cantor's radio program and was known as "Parkyakarkus", his brothers are the late comedic actor Bob Einstein, better known as a character he created named "Super Dave Osborne", for a recurring role in Curb Your Enthusiasm.

His half-brother was Charles Einstein, a writer for such television programs as Playhouse 90 and Lou Grant. His grandparents emigrated from Russia, he grew up among show business families in southern California, attending Beverly Hills High School with Richard Dreyfuss and Rob Reiner. Brooks attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, but dropped out after one year to focus on his comedy career. By the age of 19, he had changed his professional name to Albert Brooks, joking that "the real Albert Einstein changed his name to sound more intelligent", he began a comedy career and became a regular on variety and talk shows during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Brooks led a new generation of self-reflective baby-boomer comics appearing on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, his onstage persona, that of an egotistical, nervous comic, an ironic showbiz insider who punctured himself before an audience by disassembling his mastery of comedic stagecraft, influenced other'70s post-modern comedians, including Steve Martin, Martin Mull, Andy Kaufman.

After two successful comedy albums, Comedy Minus One and the Grammy Award–nominated A Star Is Bought, Brooks left the stand-up circuit to try his hand as a filmmaker. He had made his first short film, The Famous Comedians School, a satiric short and an early example of the mockumentary subgenre, aired in 1972 on the PBS show The Great American Dream Machine. In 1975, Brooks directed six short films for the first season of NBC's Saturday Night Live: October 11, 1975, episode: "The Impossible Truth" October 18, 1975, episode: failed Candid Camera stunts and home movies October 25, 1975, episode: heart surgery November 8, 1975, episode: upcoming season December 13, 1975, episode: sick January 10, 1976, episode: audience test screeningIn 1976, he appeared in his first mainstream film role, in Martin Scorsese's landmark Taxi Driver. Brooks had landed the role after moving to Los Angeles to enter the film business. In an interview, Brooks mentioned a conversation he had had with Taxi Driver screenwriter Paul Schrader, in which Schrader said that Brooks's character was the only one in the movie that he could not "understand" – a remark that Brooks found amusing, as the movie's antihero was a psychotic loner.

Brooks directed his first feature film, Real Life, in 1979. The film, in which Brooks films a typical suburban family in an effort to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize, was a sendup of PBS's An American Family documentary, it has been viewed as foretelling the future emergence of reality television. Brooks made a cameo appearance in the film Private Benjamin, starring Goldie Hawn. Through the 1980s and 1990s, Brooks co-wrote and starred in a series of well-received comedies, playing variants on his standard neurotic and self-obsessed character; these include 1981's Modern Romance, where Brooks played a film editor desperate to win back his ex-girlfriend. The film received a limited release and grossed under $3 million domestically, it was well received by critics, with one reviewer commenting that the film was "not Brooks at his best, but still amusing". His best-received film, Lost in America, featured Brooks and Julie Hagerty as a couple who leave their yuppie lifestyle and drop out of society to live in a motor home as they have always dreamed of doing, meeting disappointment.

Brooks's Defending Your Life placed his lead character in the afterlife, put on trial to justify his human fears and determine his cosmic fate. Critics responded to the offbeat premise and the chemistry between Brooks and Meryl Streep, as his post-death love interest, his efforts did not find large audiences, but still retained Brooks's touch as a filmmaker. He garnered positive reviews for Mother, which starred Brooks as a middle-aged writer moving back home to resolve tensions between himself and his mother. 1999's The Muse featured Brooks as a Hollywood screenwriter who has "lost his edge", using the services of an authentic muse for inspiration. In an interview with Brooks with regards to The Muse, Gavin Smith wrote

Tonisito Umali

Tonisito M. C. Umali, Esq. is a Filipino, the current Undersecretary for Legislative Liaison Office, External Partnerships Service and Project Management Service of the Department of Education of the Philippines. He is the Undersecretary for Legislative Liaison Office, External Partnerships Service and School Sports of the Department of Education of the Philippines and formerly the Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs of the Department of Education of the Philippines, he is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines after having obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Ateneo de Manila University. He is licensed to practice law in the State of California as well as the United States District Courts of Central and Southern California. Umali was born on November 24, 1970, to Antonio L. Umali and Milagros A. Casugbo in Caloocan City, Philippines, he attended elementary school at Notre Dame of Greater Manila where he was an honor student and high school at Quezon City Science High School where he was awarded the Gerry Roxas Leadership Award upon graduation.

On September 6, 2017, at the golden anniversary of Quezon City Science High School, Umali was chosen as one of the high school's top ten Most Outstanding Alumni. He pursued his undergraduate studies at Ateneo de Manila University and was conferred Bachelor of Science in Legal Management in 1992. Umali pursued his Juris Doctor degree at Ateneo Law School where he completed his studies in 1997. Umali passed the Philippine Bar Examination in 1997, the same year he graduated from law school, took oath and was admitted to practice law on May 6, 1998, he is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2004 after passing the California State Bar examination. On April 15, 2015, Umali was conferred Doctor of Public Administration, Honoris Causa by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Umali worked for the law firm established by former Solicitor-General Francisco Chavez prior to the establishment of his own law office with his father Antonio L. Umali in 1999.

As such, he assisted Chavez, among others, in the preparation of legal pleadings and/or during oral arguments before the Philippine Supreme Court on some cases involving questionable government transactions. Umali engaged in extensive civil, administrative, local government and election law practice, he focused in local government and election law cases when he joined the law office of former Solicitor General and Secretary of the Department Justice, Alberto C. Agra. Furthermore, Umali served as a legislative officer to former Philippine Senator Nikki Coseteng, he worked as a legal consultant to former Philippine Senate Majority Floor Leader Loren Legarda. In 2004, Umali furthered his law career in the United States, he was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2004 and practiced civil, immigration, personal injury, bankruptcy laws in the Los Angeles county region after passing the California State Bar examination. He featured in Filipino-targeted news publications Weekend Balita and Asian Journal, dispensing advice to fellow countrymen living in the United States.

An educator at heart, Umali is a part-time lecturer at the graduate program of University of the Philippines, National College of Public Administration and Governance and at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Master in Educational Management and Doctor in Educational Management. He was a part-time lecturer and member of the faculty of the College of Economics and Politics of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines while serving as legal consultant to some local chief executives, the League Municipalities of the Philippines and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, he was a former law professor at the Law School of the Universidad de Manila, teaching Constitutional Law 1 and 2. Umali is a Career Executive Service Officer after having passed and completed the CESO eligibility process in 2013, he was elected as the President of the Philippine Educators Association of CESOs and Eligibles, Inc. and during the PEACE, Inc. second general assembly held in Ecotech Center, Cebu City on November 10–12, 2014, he was elected as the President of the Board of National Union of Career Executive Service Officers.

Umali is a National Chess Federation of the Philippines Director/Chairman of the Youth Committee. In joining the Department of Education, Umali brought with him a wealth of experience in drafting proposed legislative measures for both chamber of Congress, engaging in litigation practice, preparing court pleadings, providing legal opinions, doing research on legal matters and many more, he started his career in the department as the Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs in September 20, 2010 and on October 17, 2017, was appointed to Undersecretary for Legislative Liaison Office, External Partnerships Service and School Sports. He is now Undersecretary for Legislative Liaison Office, External Partnerships Service and Project Management Service. Umali, representing the Department of Education, was a member of the governing board of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Language in Jakarta, Indonesia, he is a member of the Development Academy of the Philippines Board as representative of the Department of Education.

As one of the former spokespersons of the Department of Education, he led the information campaign on basic education programs and projects and shed light on various issues and concerns confronting the Department. As Dep

Coffee ceremony

A coffee ceremony is a ritualized form of making and drinking coffee. The coffee ceremony was first practiced in Eritrea. There is a routine of serving coffee on a daily basis for the purpose of getting together with relatives, neighbors, or other visitors. If coffee is politely declined tea will most be served. Loose grass is spread on the floor where the coffee ceremony is held decorated with small yellow flowers. Composite flowers are sometimes used around the celebration of Meskel; the ceremony is performed by the woman of the household and is considered an honor. The coffee is brewed by first roasting the green coffee beans over an open flame in a pan; this is followed by the grinding of the beans, traditionally in pestle. The coffee grounds are put into a special vessel which contain boiled water and will be left on an open flame a couple of minutes until it is well mixed with the hot water. After grinding, the coffee is put through a sieve several times; the boiling pot is made of pottery and has a spherical base, a neck and pouring spout, a handle where the neck connects with the base.

The jebena has a straw lid. The host pours the coffee for all participants by moving the tilted boiling pot over a tray with small, handleless cups from a height of one foot without stop until each cup is full; the grounds are brewed three times: the first round of coffee is called awel in Tigrinya, the second kale'i and the third baraka. The coffee ceremony may include burning of various traditional incense. People add sugar in the countryside, sometimes salt or traditional butter; the beverage is accompanied by a small snack such as popcorn, peanuts or himbasha. Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Video run by ethiopiancoffeeceremony.com Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony in photos at Canadian Photographer series on the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony What is the Coffee Ceremony, a multimedia primer on the Coffee Ceremony run by Bunna Cafe