A foreign language has become a compulsory exam


1. English is included in the list of compulsory exams for graduates of secondary schools in Turkmenistan. Early foreign language, as a subject of a narrow profile, was chosen by the graduates themselves. Compulsory state final exams are also native language and literature, algebra and the beginning of analysis, social science. The fifth exam is profile. Let us remind that more than 82 thousand young Turkmen citizens graduated from schools in the country this year.

2. Hero of Turkmenistan cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko is preparing to break the record for the duration of his stay in space. In October 2023, Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub, as well as NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara, will travel on the “Soyuz MS-24” spacecraft to the International Space Station and spend almost a year on it. Thus, Oleg Kononenko can become the first person who has been in space for a total of more than 1000 days.

3. About 500 representatives of Turkmenistan will have the opportunity this year to study free of charge in the best universities in Russia. Of these, 355 quotas will be allocated for bachelor’s and specialist’s programs, 79 quotas for master’s programs, and 33 places for postgraduate and residency programs. The results of the selection within the quota established by the Government of the Russian Federation for the 2023/24 academic year are published on the official telegram channel of the Russian House in Ashgabat.

4. On June 3, in honor of the 210th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi, the Italian Embassy in Ashgabat, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan, will organize a concert “VERDI”. The work of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi is one of the greatest achievements of the world opera art. He created 26 operas, among which the most popular are “Un ballo in Maschera”, “Rigoletto”, “Il trovatore”, “La traviata”. His last operas “Aida”, “Othello” and “Falstaff” became the pinnacle of the composer’s work. The State Symphony Orchestra of Turkmenistan conducted by Rasul Klychev will perform on the stage of the National Music and Drama Theater named after Magtymguly. The concert starts at 19:00. Free admission.

5. From the Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Charitable Foundation for Assistance to Children in Need of Care, funds are constantly allocated for various operations on children in the relevant medical institutions of the capital and velayats of Turkmenistan. More than 100 children have already undergone surgical treatment, more than 50 have undergone a medical examination and are provided with various necessary medical supplies. On the eve of the International Children’s Day, at the Scientific and Clinical Center for Maternal and Child Health, the International Cardiology Center of the DMMC, Turkmen specialists performed cardiosurgical, orthopedic and neurosurgical operations on 13 small patients from Ashgabat and the velayats of the country.


6. Designed and built in China, the large jet airliner C919 made its first flight. The cabin of the first Chinese passenger aircraft is designed for 164 passengers. The C919 was created by the China Commercial Aviation Corporation as an alternative to the foreign narrow-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Comac plans to produce up to 150 C919 aircraft per year.

7. A powerful typhoon “Mawar” is approaching the south of Japan. Now the typhoon is located southeast of the Japanese Islands, the wind speed is 45 meters per second, with gusts up to 60 meters. By the end of the week, the typhoon should hit the country’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa. The typhoon is moving at a fairly low speed, so it is expected that the bad weather in the area will drag on. The authorities and the population are preparing for squally winds and prolonged precipitation.


8. The draw for the 2024 AFC Futsal Cup Qualifiers will be held on June 22 at the AFC Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. The broadcast will start at 12:00 Ashgabat time. According to the results of the draw, 31 teams will be divided into 8 groups. The winners in each group, as well as the top 7 runners-up, will qualify for the Asian Futsal Cup Finals. Qualifying matches will be held from October 7 to 11.

9. Argentinean manager Mauricio Pochettino has taken over the job at “Chelsea”. The 51 years old has signed a two-year contract with an option to extend for another season. He will begin his new position on July 1. Pochettino’s last job was at “PSG”, which he left last summer. “Chelsea” finished 12th in the Premier League with 44 points in the 2022/2023 season. Since April, the team has been temporarily led by Frank Lampard.

10. Adrian Ebersbach, a 17 years old footballer from “Rapid” Bucharest, played in the matches for the national team of Turkmenistan at the championship of the Central Asian Football Association among the youth teams under 20. The CAFA-2023 championship matches were held from May 21 to 28 in Tajikistan. In addition to the national teams of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, the teams of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Iran took part in the tournament. At the age of 13, Ebersbach moved to Turkmenistan, where he played for the Ashgabat team “Altyn Tach”. At the age of 14, the football player moved to Romania and now plays for the “Rapid” youth team.

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Granger Smith is ready to trade his concert venues for a church podium.

The country musician and Texas A&M University graduate announced via Instagram last month that his “Like a River” tour, which continues Thursday at Elizabeth, Colorado, and comes to a close at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth on Aug. 25-26, will be his last. Those Fort Worth dates mark his only stops in Texas on the farewell tour.

“I just want to glorify God the best way that I can,” he wrote. “I want to learn and grow and serve my local church and allow my pastors to equip and affirm those next steps. Lord willing, I want to be used to help people find their purpose.”

The “Backroad Song” singer, who first attended Texas A&M in 1998 and later returned to get his degree after signing a record deal, is ready to switch gears after 24 years of touring and feels a “strong desire to pursue ministry.” He explained to fans that “this doesn’t mean I’m going to start a church or a crusade or a revival” but that alongside his family, he intends to serve his local church outside of Austin.

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Smith explained that reading Mark 8 from the Bible compelled him to leave country music behind, saying “Jesus says if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

“That form of self-denial is something I’m just not doing,” he continued in a video on Instagram. “And country music, when I get up on a stage and just need glorification and need praise. And if I don’t get it, then that means my career is not doing well. And so I’d work harder for that. I can’t reconcile those two things, y’all. I can’t, I can’t.”

“This is a new passion, a new focus, a new direction that I believe is going to allow me to focus more on individual people and their lives,” he told People magazine. “Which is ultimately why I started music touring in the very beginning. This is an even more micro-focused position in that. I’m not going anywhere.”

Smith, 43, has been studying for a master’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and said he hopes to “have the pastors and elders pour into me and disciple me and teach me as I sit under their wise teaching, and then Lord willing, one day they can affirm me into the next steps of what that might look like to glorify God best from my platform.”

The announcement comes nearly four years after Smith’s 3-year-old son, River, died in a drowning accident. The “Like a River” tour was named in his son’s honor.

Smith said in addition to devoting much of his time to his studies since stepping back from the spotlight, he’s been penning a memoir, “Like a River: Finding the Faith and Strength to Move Forward After Loss and Heartache,” detailing the emotional journey he’s navigated while grieving his son.

The “Happens Like That” singer told People that when he turned in his manuscript, he called his wife, Amber Bartlett, and said, “‘Well, there’s no stopping it now.'”

“There’s things in here that are extremely vulnerable. It’s very personal. But the overwhelming feeling was that if my story could help others, then it’s worth it, then it matters.”

Smith’s memoir hits shelves Aug. 1.

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May 29, 2023 – Nedfest Family Reunion, Veterans

Listen in as we hear Kris McFarland tell us about the upcoming Nedfest Family Reunion. We hear from Leon Poel about services offered to Veterans across the peaks. Music mentions, a story by Maryann Rosen about Memorial Day, and Dango interviews Amy Fortunato about her children’s book, “Horsing Around in the Town of Gold Hill.”

Be sure and check out the art, writing and other offering from Amy Fortunato in Gold Hill.


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Lady Hampshire review; Lady Hampshire Camperdown

Parramatta Road is pumping again, with local acts, comfort food and all-round nostalgic revelry at this refurbished inner west pub.

Lenny Ann Low

Going to a pub to see a live band has been a tenuous option in Sydney hotels in recent years. COVID put the kibosh on it temporarily, but NIMBYism, ever-rampant in areas anchored by old pubs joyously heaving with late-night bands playing to sweaty patrons clutching schooners beside the wooden bar, dribbled it away significantly.

The Lady Hampshire, built in 1911, and originally called the Old Hampshire, restores such revelry. Sandwiched between a kebab shop and a camping store, and five minutes walk from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s former Camperdown council home where his love of live bands blossomed, it offers a nostalgic return to sticky carpeted, body jostling, ear-thumping music revels into the wee hours.

It is also serving excellent food. Tender, kicky salt-and-pepper wings, juicy, crunchy chicken schnitzel, roast chicken with herby jus and buttery mash and “thrice cooked” wedges with a crispness worthy of medals. There are four kinds of satiating burger, steak with luxuriant peppercorn sauce, orecchiette with fat broccolini daubed in chilli and lemon and a sticky date pudding lashed with a salted Guinness butterscotch sauce.

The sticky date pudding comes with a salted Guinness butterscotch sauce.
The sticky date pudding comes with a salted Guinness butterscotch sauce.Rhett Wyman

The Lady Hampshire’s head chef, Brendan King, formerly at Baba’s Place, Fish Shop and Fsh Mkt, and brought in by the pub’s new operator Public Hospitality Group, says nothing is pre-battered, pre-cooked or swiftly defrosted minutes before it reaches your plate.

“Pubs sometimes have a reputation for putting out low-quality food,” King says.

“I wanted to take extra care and consideration because, when you’re at the pub, you might have a couple of drinks and not necessarily be aware of what you’re eating

“I’ve always been taught that every single thing that goes on a plate really matters. Every element needs to be right and perfect.”

King, who grew up around Stanmore and moved into a food career after studying film and radio, does not like a long menu. There are five snacks, six mains, or “counter meals”, four burgers, six sides and two desserts.

On this chilly Wednesday evening, under outdoor heaters and fairy lights in the beer garden, we sit on wooden bench tables made from recycled timber and savour King’s samosa spring rolls, half roast chicken and mash, Guinness shepherd’s pie and sticky date pudding.

The cosy beer garden.
The cosy beer garden.Rhett Wyman

All overshadow average pub fare without being not overcomplicated or niche dishes.

King’s silky mashed potato and mushed peas are as luscious as the accompanying blistered-skin roast chicken. The Guinness pie, topped with a lattice of grilled potato mash coronets is rich, filling and testament to the dark stout flavours King adores after he first tasted the beer as an 18-year-old.

Do not leave without meeting the, also Guinness-laced, sticky date pudding. Gleaming in a pond of salted stouty butterscotch and malt ice-cream, it is the pub’s crowning dessert glory. Although there is also pavlova with kiwi fruit, cream and lemon myrtle oil that some fellow diners fought over.

Or drink a cold beer, one of 16 Australian and European wine varieties, or five other royally named cocktails (Charles, Beatrice, Elizabeth, Louis or Anne) while sitting on a cushioned bar-stool under the gaze of Peter Garrett, Olivia Newton-John, Kath and Kim, Cathy Freeman, Adam Goodes and Steve Irwin in artist Scott Marsh’s wall murals.

The Guinness shepherd’s pie.
The Guinness shepherd’s pie.Rhett Wyman

Live bands play from Wednesday to Saturday, a hopefully unthreatened program given the pub’s late-night licence, and, if you visit on Tuesday, the “curry and cans” night means a curry, borne of King’s longtime love of Indian food, and can of beer for $20.

It’s also worth giving the decor a close look, the work of former Tsubi designer George Gorrow. There are black-and-white chequered floors, nautical wall lamps, a band room lined with Persian carpets and a wall stuck with beer mats, as if years of flinging fluid-soaked cardboard circles have created a brewery icon mural.

On live gig nights, King offers a late-night menu with all the snacks, burgers and desserts served in takeaway containers. So you can eat salted cod croquettes with gentleman’s relish or beautifully crumbed barramundi slipped between tartare, American cheese and pickles on a buoyant hamburger bun while cutting a rug to loud music in a 112-year-old pub heaving with perspiring locals and culinary lovers.

The low-down

Vibe: Revamped inner west pub with live music

Go-to dish: Sticky date Guinness pudding with salted Guinness butterscotch and malt ice-cream

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Jewish Heritage Month shines spotlight on Winnipeg

Jewish people have had a major influence on the Winnipeg music scene, from big bands to rock and roll, and historians gathered at Temple Shaloam to take a look back for Jewish Heritage Month.

Stan Carbone of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada says these figures shaped a century of local music.

“Today we are dedicating the program to the contributions Jews have made to the music industry in Winnipeg most specifically jazz, rock, and folk music,” Carbone said.

“This is one of the areas in which Jews were given the opportunity to join the mainstream of Canadian society because there were a lot of professions and activities that were closed to them.”

And many of the names are familiar to these historians who actually knew some of them personally, however many go by different names now.

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“Musicians in a lot of cases had to change their names in order to get work in non-Jewish bands,” says Owen Clark, music historian.

Clark says he thinks it’s good for young musicians to know what the Jewish artists did and how they laid the groundwork.

“I think it’s important to know what went on in our city, especially for young musicians who are trying to make a living at doing this in this age of technology,” Clark said.

There was plenty of work to be had at the jazz clubs and dance halls including the legendary Club Morocco which stood on Portage Avenue until it was destroyed by fire last year.

And while that part of history is now lost, its influence is still felt by Winnipeg musicians today.

“I worked with so many of the Jewish musicians and so many of them were mentors to me and as you grow you mentor others, so it’s a long-term thing. Historical knowledge and musical knowledge is constantly passed down to the next generation,” said Clark.

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And with stats suggesting hate crimes and antisemitism are on the rise, Carbone says it’s more important than ever to ensure this history is preserved and shared.

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“Education is really the best way — the most important vehicle when it comes to combating antisemitism. To make people realize that this community has been here from day one.”

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Music fans fill the streets of Brownsville for a

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn.—A popular festival returns to a local city…bringing the blues.

We take a look at the fun… and dive deeper into its history.

The Exit 56 Blues Festival kicked off today in Brownsville. This is a two-day festival that celebrates the legacy of the country blues in the hometown of blues pioneers Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon, and Yank Rachell.

There are many activities for everyone to enjoy, including blues performances all weekend, where many people were in attendance enjoying the music and welcoming atmosphere. There also are car shows where many unique cars will be on display for people to view, and there is also great food available both days.

Executive Director for the Delta Heritage Center, Sonia Outlaw-Clark explains that the inspiration behind this festival is wanting to bring back a tradition from a past blues festival from the 90’s that died out.

“We thought with our music history that we have here at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, we had to carry on that tradition of presenting blues music in Brownsville, Tennessee, so the Exit 56 Blues Fest was born,” Outlaw-Clark said.

This festival has been going on strong for 13 years now offering years of joy and entertainment. Outlaw-Clark thanks everyone for coming out to the first day of the festival, and also thanks the people that made this festival possible.

“It feels really great to have everyone here, all of these people sitting out bringing their lawn chairs, sitting out in our lawn and listening to all of the great music. To see all ages out there enjoying the festivities is really great,” Outlaw-Clark said.

Outlaw-Clark also says that as a native of the community, it feels really special to be able to be at the festival. This is something that fills the community of Brownsville with pride and gives them the opportunity to showcase what Brownsville and Haywood county is all about. The music heritage is a big part of their history. This also keeps the memory alive and shares the history with the next generations.

Day two of the music fest will begin Sunday, featuring a “Women in Blues Showcase.” The first performance kicks off at 10 in the morning.

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Pete Murray reveals how father’s death inspired

Pete Murray reveals how the tragic death of his father when he was just 18 inspired him to pursue a career in music

Pete Murray has revealed that losing his father at a young age motivated him to start his music career.

The Australian singer who was just 18 years old when his father died at 47, said the tragic loss made him look for a career which allowed him to spend time with family.

‘What I wanted out of life was time because my dad died. He and mum bought a caravan and they were about to travel around Australia,’ the 53-year-old told News Corp on Saturday.

‘But dad died one month before that happened. I didn’t want that to happen to me. I wanted to be able to have time to spend with my family and friends,’ he continued. 

Pete’s extraordinary success in the music industry has seen him sell over 1.2million albums within Australia and allowed him to live the life he always dreamed of. 

Pete Murray, 53, (pictured) revealed on Saturday that losing his father at a young age motivated him to start his music career

Pete Murray, 53, (pictured) revealed on Saturday that losing his father at a young age motivated him to start his music career

‘I wanna keep going. That’s what I love doing, and playing live is so much fun. I love it. I wanna be doing it till the day I die, and I think that’s a long way off,’ he mused. 

Earlier this month Murray revealed he thought his 2003 breakout album Feeler was going to flop.

The So Beautiful hitmaker made the shock admission during an interview on the Jess Rowe Big Talk Show.

The Australian hitmaker, was just 18 years old when his father died at 47, said the tragic loss made him look for a career which allowed him to spend time with family.

The Australian hitmaker, was just 18 years old when his father died at 47, said the tragic loss made him look for a career which allowed him to spend time with family. 

Released to widespread acclaim, Feeler was Pete’s second album and ultimately sold over 500,000 copies, reaching No. 1 on Australia’s ARIA chart.

But Pete admitted to host Rowe that at the time he thought it was ‘destined to fail.’ 

‘Sometimes you get into a post-album blues after an album gets released and you just can’t think anything good about it… I thought that I failed,’ he confessed. 

Earlier this month, Murray revealed he thought his 2003 breakout album, Feeler, was going to flop

Earlier this month, Murray revealed he thought his 2003 breakout album, Feeler, was going to flop 

However, once radio stations heard the record it started to take off and became a blockbuster hit in the Australian music industry.

Murray is a father of four to sons Pedro and Charlie from his first marriage and shares daughters Saachi and Sahara with his second wife Mira.

Pete Murray’s Best Of album is out now, and his national greatest hits tour kicks off on July 8. 

Released to widespread acclaim, Feeler was Pete's second album and ultimately sold over 500,000 copies, reaching No. 1 on Australia's ARIA chart

Released to widespread acclaim, Feeler was Pete’s second album and ultimately sold over 500,000 copies, reaching No. 1 on Australia’s ARIA chart

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India News | Welcome Return of Sengol to Its

Chennai, May 27 (PTI) Renowned music composer and Parliamentarian Ilaiyaraaja on Saturday said he welcomed the return of the Sengol to its rightful pride of place.

Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Centre and all those responsible for the construction of the new Parliament in short time, Ilaiyaraaja said: “I sincerely pray that the new structure becomes the abode for transformational policies and decision-making as the world celebrates a new India under the inspirational leadership of PM Modi.”

Also Read | Adheenams Hand Over ‘Sengol’ to PM Narendra Modi on Eve of New Parliament Building Inauguration Ceremony (Watch Video).

Taking to Twitter to convey his feelings, the Rajya Sabha MP said the royalty who possessed the revered Sengol (an ancient Tamilian culture and pride) and successfully ruled over their kingdoms, revered the sceptre as a symbol of justice, order, honesty and ethics.

“It is with immense pride and joy that we welcome the return of the sceptre to its rightful place of pride. As head of the world’s largest democracy, PM Modi has a vision of taking India to new heights and his duty-bound actions reflect the same,” he said.

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The Prime Minister had laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament building on December 10, 2020. The new structure is set to be inaugurated on Sunday.

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Listen to the biggest releases here

Summer is just around the corner, which means its time to build your playlist. It’s been a great week for new music, and we have a round-up of 10 fresh tracks from a variety of genres.

1. Vico C – Ella Va

Back with his second release since breaking his 14 year silence in the music industry, the “Father of Latin Hip Hop,” Vico C, releases the irresistable, “Ella Va.” The reggaeton track has a fusion of urban and electronic elements that is unique and hypnotic. The artist continues to showcase his storytelling abilities with his lyrics and theatrical music video.

2. Sofia Reyes, Danna Paola – tqum

Two of the most popular Latin pop stars, Sofia Reyes, and Danna Paola bless fans with the fun hyperpop track “TQUM.” “Sharing this song with Danna Paola is very powerful, obviously because we’re both Mexicans and friends, but also because the song is very much a pop song, and it’s important for both of us to make music that celebrates this kind of music,” Reyes said.


3. Beyoncé – AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Beyoncé, who is currently on her world tour, releases, “AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM.” Featuring Kendick Lamar, who delivers an epic verse at the start of the song before Bey takes over.



4. Christian Nodal – La Despedida 

Christian Nodal, who will soon be a father for the first time, dropped his album Forajido this week. He also dropped two music videos, one for “La Despedida,” and for “Cazzualidades,” which was dedicated to Cazzu. “I am very happy to finally give you these 6 songs, to give you back some of the love you give me. They are six different stories that speak of love, heartbreak, heartbreak and illusion. They were mine, but now they are yours. They represent the moment I am living, one of the happiest of my life. I love them very much,” said Nodal.



5. Nicki Nicole, Young Miko – 8 AM

Nicki Nicole just doppped her album ALMA, and the music video for her song “8 AM,” with rising Puerto Rican trap artist Young Miko is here. Directed by Facu Ballve, the video stars both the artists with fun visuals, that showcased their personal style.



6. Peso Pluma – Bye

Peso Pluma, who has completely taken over Latin music, releases his new song, “Bye.” The breakup balled is his first solo track since “Por las Noches.”


7. Ozuna -Una Perla En San Juan

Ozuna just dropped his album “Afro” which is made up of 7 tracks. The release came with 4 music videos including his catchy track “Una Perla En San Juan.”

8. Foo Fighters – Show Me How

The legendary Foo Fighters releases “Show Me How.” Frontman David Grohl harmonizes with his daughter Violet for the moving song. The band just played their first show with the new drummer Josh Freeese after the passing of Taylor Hawkins.


9. Taylor Swift ft. Ice Spice – Karma

After drama surrrounding her rumored boyfriend Matt Healy, Taylor Swift collaborates with Ice Spice for a remix of her song “Karma.” Healy faced backlash over his statements about the rapper. The song has come with mixed opinions.


10. Mau y Ricky, Reik, Beéle – Manos Frías

Multi-platinum award-winning duo Mau y Ricky collaborate with Reik, and Beéle for “Manos Frías.” The song is all about a love that can survive any challenge they face.




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