Corra Group Adds Background Checks to Meet Increases in Film, Television, and Advertising Production

Tue, February 11th, 2014 - 2:31 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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With a marked increase in local film and television production, Corra Group has focused on background checking services to the entertainment and advertising industries. Since the nearby City of Santa Clarita has experienced a record year in film and television production, Corra Group has provided entertainment and media clients with a full array of background checks to accommodate both in-house hiring and production schedules. With its headquarters based in the Hollywood area, the background screening company has received requests from local and regional film, television and advertising concerns for a variety of background checks.

“Once upon a time I was employed in the entertainment industry,” said Gordon Basichis, Co-Founder of Corra group. “My experience in production and public relations has given me a comprehensive understanding of employment screening needs in the entertainment and media industries.

“Generally speaking, you can break it up into two specific categories where background checks are needed,” said Basichis. “The first of course involves the hiring of executives and staff for the production company itself. To conduct realistic employment program approach for staff hires, it requires a comprehensive series of background searches. Then there are the shows themselves.”

 

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Courts Closed Due to Inclement Weather

Wed, February 5th, 2014 - 11:51 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks, please take note of the following courts that are closed due  to inclement weather–

Unfortunately, another major winter storm with heavy snow, ice and a wintry mix has begun to hit parts of to the Midwest and Northeast.  We will provide updates and post new information on client connect as we receive updates. Please continue to contact your Client Advocate or myself with any questions.

 

Some areas include:

New Jersey (impending weather tomorrow; Atlantic closed today due to a bomb threat)

New York

Illinois

Indiana

Delaware

Pennsylvania

Montana

Missouri

Arkansas

Michigan

Ohio

Connecticut

Maine

Colorado

Vermont

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

Massachusetts Courts Closed Due to Weather

Wed, February 5th, 2014 - 11:47 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Storm Conditions Close Mass Courts  

 

Massachusetts courts will be closed today, Wednesday, February 5, 2014 due to storm conditions. We will keep you informed of all court closures and delays as we receive news.

Along with Diploma Mills and Bogus Degrees, Now There Are Phony Academic Papers

Tue, February 4th, 2014 - 6:13 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Maybe it is the economy or the advent of the abuse of technology.  Maybe people are too lazy to write their own academic papers and dissertations.  But  according to an article in the Guardian, Computer Generated Fake Papers are Flooding Academia.   Worst yet these papers, filled with gobbly-gook are being accepted at face value.

So now for employers you not only have to conduct education verification for your job candidates to see if they are claiming a degree from a diploma mill or unaccredited college, or if they are claiming a degree while having attended for a mere couple of years or not at all, you now should be aware that the academic papers they filed are maybe not as credible as you hoped.  It would be a sad day to hire someone from the science world or world of research and have him represent your company, only to discover by and large, he has no real expertise and may not even know what he is talking about.

According to the article…”But this is the hoax that keeps on giving. The creators of the automatic nonsense generator, Jeremy Stribling, Dan Aguayo and Maxwell Krohn, have made the SCIgen program free to download. And scientists have been using it in their droves. This week, Nature reported, French researcher Cyril Labbé revealed that 16 gobbledegook papers created by SCIgen had been used by German academic publisher Springer. More than 100 more fake SCIgen papers were published by the US Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Both organisations have now taken steps to remove the papers.

Hoaxes in academia are nothing new. In 1996, mathematician Alan Sokal riled postmodernists by publishing a nonsense paper in the leading US journal, Social Text. It was laden with meaningless phrases but, as Sokal said, it sounded good to them. Other fields have not been immune. In 1964, critics of modern art were wowed by the work of Pierre Brassau, who turned out to be a four-year-old chimpanzee. In a more convoluted case, Bernard-Henri Lévy, one of France’s best-known philosophers, was left to ponder his own expertise after quoting the lectures of Jean-Baptiste Botul as evidence that Kant was a fake, only to find out that Botul was the fake, an invention of a French reporter.

Just as the students wrote a quick and dirty program to churn out nonsense papers, so Labbé has written one to spot the papers. He has made it freely available, so publishers and conference organizers have no excuse for accepting nonsense work in future.”

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