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Suicide Squad- Film Review

Suicide Squad- Film Review

The characterization of actors and actresses in Suicide Squad feels as though the cast were hand picked individually from a panoptican-like mental asylum. Hysteria reigns as the movie’s plot revolves around ex-inmate meta human villains recruited to terminate an even more sinister force.
The movie starts with a very charming plot, introducing colourful characters such as Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) an inmate who has an intriguing background. Harley is a psychiatrist turned psychopath suffering from schizophrenia. She wears her hair in high pink pony tails and giggles at the prospect of destruction. With self-centered dialogue and quirky comebacks, she makes for a hilarious character.
Amanda Waller played by Emmy award-winning actress Viola Davis, is the senior government official who hires the eccentric Suicide Squad. The idea behind this move is that, with the advent of meta humans (mutants with extraordinary powers) you need a team of meta humans of your own to combat this new threat. This leads senior agent Waller to open the gates to wonderland or rather madness as the Suicide Squad is released from prison and recruited.
The troops include Deadshot (Will Smith), a top firearm assassin with limited interpersonal skills (“I’m not a hugger”); Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum who became the brain-damaged right-hand girl of the lunatic Joker whose hair looks like freshly mowed grass and a boomerang thrower called Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney); a guy with reptilian skin called Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje); a flame-summoning L.A. gang banger gone pacifist nicknamed El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and others.
The biggest disappointment for me is the Amanda Waller character, “The Help” and the “How to get away with murder” personification. She is a truly great actress but in this film she is saddled with a murderous, ruthless, grim, one-dimensional character who exhibits almost no humanity. The movie has many pitfalls in its narrative, or rather lack of it. The scenes orbit around the floral characters and comical wordplay of Deadpool-type humour. It is often not clear what this contributes to the story as a whole.
Nonetheless, Will Smith does find the opportunity to display his grand acting skills in one brief conversation between Deadshot and Waller, in which he lists the conditions on which he will agree to join her club. For the rest, he displays a level of intimidation similar to the mafia characters in the Godfather.
Suicide Squad dishes out a great concoction of suspense, fantasy-like adventure, humorous characters and lots of action combined with great cinematography and stunt work,. Its target audience is defined by both its storyline and its characters. It is only for young adults, not for children or mature viewers.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.