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Film Review – Walk Of Shame

Directed by Steven Brill
Screenplay by Steven Brill
Cast Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright, Ethan Suplee
Genre Comedy
Rating ***

The movie begins with a series of hilarious video clips and mishaps that happen to reporters as they do their jobs. One particular video shows a reporter Meghan Miles (Elizabeth Banks) being attacked by cats.
Meghan lands an interview at CNB, a larger network in the US and after a series of questions, she is asked by the main network executives one final question: If there were any “dirt” in her past, to which she answered, “I’m a good girl”.
Two weeks after the interview, her producer, Dan Karlin (Willie Garson) receives a call from the network saying that they are down to the last two applicants, Wendy Chang and Meghan herself. The decision would come down to one of the two. Later that night, Meghan’s two friends arrive at her home inviting her to a club. However, the two find Meghan, who is distressed about her relationship that ended recently, depressed. So they convince her to go out with them, getting her so drunk and that is how the story of her walk of shame begins. This is most definitely my kind of movie. I totally enjoyed it. It had me laughing through each scene. I have always enjoyed Elizabeth Banks. As an actor she is a true comedian. Her roles always have me captivated, ingesting every word she says and sitting at the edge of the sofa.
Her supporting characters however did not do her much justice especially the roles of Gillian Jacobs who plays Rose and Sarah Wright who plays Denise. I did not get to see much of James Marsden who plays Gordon, Meghan’s love interest. He is also another good actor to look out for. Perhaps if he had a larger role in this movie, it would have complemented Elizabeth more.

The picture quality is great and the storyline one can relate to, especially if you are a younger viewer. It made me think of how easily people are misjudged and mistreated because of how they may look on the outside. It’s one of those movies that teaches you life lessons and also makes you laugh at the same time.
Walk of Shame did not receive many good reviews and did not do so well at the box office. Maybe this is linked to the fact that it was directed by Steven Brill of whom I haven’t heard much previously except for his previous work, Movie 43. This was not entirely poor but it seemed kind of pointless to the extent that you don’t know what message the movie is trying to convey. But Hollywood has a reputation of filming a few movies for the sake of it, so this is no shocker.
A user named db-beurylaw on the www.imdb.com website commented, “The basis of good comedy is that there is an element of truth. That’s why this movie works. I could see a person having a night of drinking go horribly wrong. If you are suddenly dumped in the wrong part of town, without your modern things (car, credit cards, cellphone, etc.), it’s amazing how vulnerable you can suddenly become. (I once needed to be picked up and my cellphone was dead. I suddenly realized I didn’t know friends and family’s phone numbers.) The stuff in this movie could happen, although probably not all in the same night. The movie relies totally on Elizabeth Banks, who is awesome. I loved her in 30 Rock and she can carry a comedy.”

 

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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.