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Canadian singer,Avril Lavigne addresses conspiracy theory that she died and was replaced with acloneCanadian singer, Avril Lavigne in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, talked about the death hoax that has been making rounds for nearly a decade. When she was asked about the bizarre dead-and-cloned rumor that keeps popping up, she said she thinks it's bonkers saying how else are you supposed to feel about the rumor that you have not only been dead for over 15 years, but have been permanently replaced by your body double?In her words, 'more like that it's just a dumb internet rumor and [I'm] flabbergasted that people bought into it. Isn't that so weird? It's so dumb. And I look the exact same. On one hand, everyone is like, 'Oh my god, you look the same,' and on the other hand people are like, 'Oh my god, she died.'The rumours started in 2011 when a Brazilian blog called "Avril Está Morta," which means "Avril Is Dead," hit the internet. The site claims that Lavigne died by suicide in 2003 and the current Avril is not the real Avril, but someone pretending to be the real Avril to record music as the real Avril, and perform as the real Avril. According to them, an Avril Lavigne lookalike named Melissa Vandella took the pop-rock musician's place.

Meghan Markle was all smiles as she joined Prince Harry at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday night.  The outing is the first time the Duchess of Sussex has been seen in public since her father, Thomas Markle Sr, leaked a letter written by Meghan. In the letter written last August, Meghan accused her father of breaking her heart "into a million pieces" by giving interviews to the press, fabricating stories and publicly attacking her new husband.  In spite of her father's betrayal, Meghan looked quite composed as she arrived at the Natural History Museum with a huge smile on her face. She looked beautiful in a custom cream roll-neck dress by Calvin Klein and a £895 coat by Amanda Wakeley as she joined Harry, 34, to watch a play about Charles Darwin.More photos below.

Imo state university student arrested for allegedly killing her estranged boyfriendA 20-year-old undergraduate of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Chitere Okoronkwo, pictured above, has been arrested by men of the Imo state police command for allegedly killing her boyfriend, Johnmark Osigwe.Parading her before newsmen at the command's headquarters on Tuesday February 12th, the state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, said investigations by the police, showed that Chitere and Johnmark were lovers and after they fell out, she allegedly masterminded his kiling on August 8, 2018, and afterwards fled to South Africa."Chitere Okoronkwo, 20, of Umualumaku village in the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, was arrested at Ama-Wire Uratta in Owerri, Imo State by SARS operatives on Monday. She was arrested in connection with the murder of one Johnmark Osigwe, 24, at Nkwo-Orji in Owerri on August 16, 2018. It is important to note that the deceased was a boyfriend to the suspect."When their relationship got sour and ended, the girl demanded compensation. The deceased, due to persistent threats to life before being assassinated, had paid N1.8m for shop rent and N2m for interior decoration of the shop to the estranged girlfriend. Not done with the threats, she demanded N3m, which the deceased gave through a lawyer. Before the money was finally paid to the lady, he was murdered inside his Mercedes SUV. "After his death, the lady fled to South Africa. Okoronkwo has confessed that she told a guy that she wanted the victim dead due to their misunderstanding'' she saidThe police boss said more investigations are currently going on and that the suspect would be charged to court soon.

Chelsea to move for 'Zinedine Zidane' as Maurizio Sarri's replacement after humiliating 6 - 0 loss to Manchester CityPremiership club, Chelsea is reportedly considering a move for former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri and his assistant Gianfranco Zola. This comes after Chelsea's humiliating 6 - 0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday that saw them slump to sixth place, with the club current Maurizio Sarri's future hanging in the balance.  According to The Sun UK, Sarri is running out of backers among the Stamford Bridge hierarchy and talks have taken place among top brass at Chelsea about when they should make their move for French coach Zinedine Zidane.Zidane who won his third straight Champions League crown with Real Madrid last year has been out of work since stepping down from his role.

Nollywood veteran,Joke Silvas younger sister, Bisi dies of CancerBisi Silva, the younger sister of Nollywood veteran, Joke Silva and founder and Artistic Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Lagos died on Tuesday Feb. 12th after a protracted battle with cancer.   Bisi died at about 3:45 p.m in Lagos. She opened CCA in 2007 and later Asiko International Art School in Lagos. After her first degree in Foreign Languages in Paris, she earned her two-year MA in Visual Arts(Curating and Commissioning of contemporary Art) at the Royal College of Art in London. Bisi curated numerous important exhibitions in Nigeria, Africa and Europe. These exhibitions included "Democrazy", Playing with Chance: El Anatsui" and "J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Moments of Beauty." She was in her fifties. In October 2015, she presented a fascinating coffee table book, J.D. OKHAI OJEIKERE, in Lagos. The book is the most comprehensive archive of powerful photographs of over six decades of Ojeikere.

Residents of a village in Kenya decided to give Kenyan politicians a taste of their own medicine so they served them dirty water. Marsabit county residents, during a scheduled meeting with their leaders on Tuesday, February 12, served muddy drinking water as refreshment to the politicians who failed to provide potable water for them. The dignitaries were comfortably seated on plastic chairs for the meeting with residents of Karare ward when Karare Ward women stepped out and served the political and administrative leaders who were in attendance bottled muddy water.  The politicians tried to pretend they didn't see the water and continued chatting with one another. But their bottled muddy water was carefully placed on the ground beside them.The residents of Karare area were angered that their leaders had failed to come up with a solution to their perennial water problem. The water the villagers use for cooking, drinking and cleaning is contaminated and completely unfit for human consumption and they wanted to give their leaders a rare chance to see the kind of life they live.  

The Japanese Government is pleased to announce the Japan Scholarship Program at the Asian Development Bank. The scholarship is open to pursuing postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asia-Pacific region.

The aim is to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB's developing member countries to undertake postgraduate studies.

Founded in 1883, Auckland is the country's largest university with over 40,000 students, nearly 10,000 of whom graduate annually. The values of the University reflect a commitment to Conserving, advancing and disseminating knowledge through teaching, learning, research and creative work of the highest standard.

Scholarship Description:

  • Applications Deadline: July 19, 2019
  • Course Level: The scholarship is open for the postgraduate degree program.
  • Study Subject: The scholarship will be awarded in the field of economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Scholarship Award: The scholarship will cover:
    • Tuition fees at the University of Auckland.
    • Airfare from the scholar's home country to Auckland, New Zealand.
    • The basic cost of living in Auckland.
    • Health and medical insurance in New Zealand.
    • Airfare from Auckland, New Zealand, to the scholar's home country at the conclusion of his or her course of study.
    • For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for thesis preparation.
    • Note: The ADB-JSP does not cover dependents.
  • Nationality: developing member countries are eligible to apply.
  • Number of Scholarships: Not Known
  • Scholarship can be taken in New Zealand

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

To be eligible, the applicants must be following all the given criteria:

  • Eligible Countries: Scholarships are available to students from developing member countries.
  • Entrance Requirements: You must:
    • Be a national of an ADB borrowing member. For a list of current developing member countries visit the ADB – Japan Scholarship Programme.
    • Have gained admission to an approved master at an approved academic institution.
    • Have a bachelors degree or its equivalent with a superior academic record.
    • Have at least two years of full-time professional work experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application.
    • Be proficient in oral and written English communication skills to be able to pursue studies.
    • Be under 35 years old at the time of application. In exceptional cases, for programmes which are appropriate for senior officials and managers, the age limit is 45 years.
    • Be in good health.
    • Agree to return to your home country after completing the programme.
  • University of Auckland programmes covered by this scholarship scheme are limited to the following:
    • Master of Public Health
    • Master of Science (Environmental Science)
    • Master of Arts (Development Studies)
    • Master of International Business
    • Masters programmes in Engineering.

Application Procedure:

To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit the following documentation prior to the closing date:

  • Completed ADB-JSP Information Sheet 
  • Academic documentation – both academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • Certificate of Employment for the duration of employment issued by the company
  • Certificate of Income issued by the company
  • Certificate of Family Income issued by the company. Must be either your parents or spouses annual/monthly income.
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Valid IELTS test

How to Apply: To apply for the scholarship, the applicants must submit an online application through the given link: https://www.adb.org/site/careers/japan-scholarship-program/procedures-applying

Scholarship Link

Murdoch University is pleased to be announcing the Language processing in children with hearing loss Scholarship. This scholarship is open to domestic and international candidates.

The program will provide an outstanding opportunity for the successful applicant to work with world-class researchers in language and hearing, access a wealth of laboratory and database facilities, and interactions with outstanding hearing health clinical and industry partners.

At Murdoch University, students have the opportunity to excel professionally and personally, being part of a team that dedicated to furthering their academic endeavors.

Scholarship Description:

  • Applications Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.
  • Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in any discipline offered by the university.
  • Scholarship Award: Varies
  • Nationality: Internationally
  • Number of Scholarships: Not Known.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Australia

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: International students are invited to apply.
  • Entrance Requirements: To apply for this scholarship you must:
  • Must be domestic and international candidates.
  • Ph.D. applicants with proven MA background in language processing (including experimental design and statistical analysis skills)

Application Procedure:

The goal of the project is to provide a much-needed evidence base for enhancing more effective discourse interactions for children with hearing loss. Partner Organizations include Australian Hearing (Alison King), RIDBC (Greg Leigh, Inge Kaltenbrunn), The Shepherd Centre (Aleisha Davis), Cochlear (Mary Beth Brinson) and Parents of Deaf Children (Rebecca Stewart).

How to Apply: For this scholarship, students complete the application form through the given link: https://www.mq.edu.au/?a=519657

Scholarship Link

My mum doesn't believe I'm a real star - Michelle Obama shares hilarious text with mum after her appearance at the GrammysFormer US first lady, Michelle Obama just shared a hilarious conversation she had with her mum, Marian Robinson following her appearance at this year's Grammys. Michelle made a surprise appearance at the 61st Grammy Awards held at Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Sunday night when she appeared on stage, joined by the host Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett- Smith, and Jennifer Lopez. Sharing screenshots of her text with her mum, Michelle wrote, 'when your mom doesn't think you're a "real" celebrity. Tonight in Phoenix, I shared this text thread from my mom from #Grammys night, and I just had to share it with all of you'. See the screenshots below...

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