Jumper knitted by Suu Kyi fetches $ 50,000 at auction

Updated 29 December 2012
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Jumper knitted by Suu Kyi fetches $ 50,000 at auction

YANGON: A colorful woolly jumper knitted by Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has fetched nearly $ 50,000 at a charity auction in Yangon, aides of the Nobel laureate said yesterday.
The red, green and blue V-neck was bought by private radio station Shwe FM late on Thursday as part of a fundraising event, organized by Suu Kyi’s opposition party, for education projects.
Those close to Suu Kyi gave conflicting views on whether she knitted the garment during her long years of house arrest in Yangon, or while overseas before she returned to Myanmar to embark on her freedom struggle.
“She made it more than 25 years ago in England,” Ko Ni, a close aide of Suu Kyi, told AFP.
“I do not know exactly when. Some of her belongings have arrived from England recently.”
But a member of Suu Kyi’s security team said she made it while under house arrest at the hands of Myanmar’s then ruling generals. The money raised from the sale will fund a series of education schemes, according to Phyo Min Thein, an auction organizer as well as lawmaker for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party.
“We will use the money to help troubled Myanmar migrants in other countries, poor schools and those who live in areas where it is difficult to access the education,” he said.
Another item handmade by Suu Kyi will be auctioned on Friday, he added, without giving details of what it was.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner spent almost two decades under house arrest in Yangon during her democracy struggle, and has spoken of relying on meditation and the BBC World Service to help cope with the years of isolation.
She was released in November 2010 after seven straight years within her lakeside villa and is now a lawmaker after contesting elections overseen by Myanmar’s reformist leader Thein Sein.


‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ struggles to take off in opening weekend

Updated 28 May 2018
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ struggles to take off in opening weekend

LOS ANGELES: “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the latest prequel in the hugely popular film franchise, struggled to achieve escape velocity this holiday weekend, with an estimated $101 million four-day take falling far below expectations.
Analysts had predicted the Disney/Lucasfilm project — directed by Ron Howard and with Alden Ehrenreich as a young version of the swashbuckling Han Solo — would reach $130 million to $150 million, possibly setting a Memorial Day weekend record.
But the film, with a cast including Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke, was falling short not only in North America, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations predicted, but also abroad.
“The news is grim overseas,” said Hollywood Reporter, saying the film was heading for barely half the $300 million global take many had predicted.
Last weekend’s No. 1 film, “Deadpool 2” from 20th Century Fox and Marvel, took second spot this weekend, with a four-day estimate of $53.5 million.
That movie stars Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed, irreverent title character as he forms an X-Force team to protect a young mutant from evil Cable (Josh Brolin).
Third place went to Disney/Marvel collaboration “Avengers: Infinity War,” which took in $20.1 million in its fifth weekend out. It stars Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth.
In fourth, with $12 million in ticket sales, was a movie featuring no superheroes or interplanetary battles, and with a sedate sounding title — “Book Club” — that belies its racy story line.
The Paramount film tells the story of four aging friends — Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen — who decide to read the steamy book “Fifty Shades of Grey” and find it stimulating more than just their intellects.
And in fifth was Warner Bros. comedy “Life of the Party,” at $6.5 million. It stars Melissa McCarthy as a newly divorced mother who returns to college, only to find herself in class with her (deeply embarrassed) daughter.