Need a Job? Fight Some Pirates

Fri, November 4th, 2011 - 5:55 am - By Gordon Basichis

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It goes without saying that the Marines are an excellent fighting force.  Be it the United States Marines or the  British Royal Marines, tens of thousands of dollars have gone into training so that these fighting units can be the most formidable in combat.

But then once the Marine is an ex-Marine, there is a question as to what to do with those skill sets.  Can’t really use the the more hardcore elements in the office setting, lest one’s fellow employees look askance at your crawling on your elbows around their desks, blowing up the Coke Machine.

Perhaps there is an answer.  At least for some who would rather put their training to use instead of returning to a dull civilian life.   Fight pirates.  That’s right.  Just when you think pirates and fighting pirates is an anachronism from another century, the opportunity has returned.  According to an article in Bloomberg, Protection Vessels International, Ltd.  will be hiring  and additional 250 former Royal Marines to combat pirates and to protect oil tankers and other ships off the coast of East Africa.

According to the article, “A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, which is the largest owner of vessels that carry manufactured goods, has also announced it will start using armed security on some of its oil and gas tankers. PVI’s guards are paid by the day, and the average cost is $50,000 per voyage.”  So it sounds like there is good money in fighting piracy.  A caution, though.  The British government may soon pass legislation discouraging companies from hiring armed private security, so there is the shot the job can be short lived.  Oh well.

The article reported, “Somali pirates attacked 199 ships and hijacked 12 percent of them, down from 28 percent in 2010, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Pirate attacks globally rose to 352. For its part, PVI said its guards have been attacked 30 times in three-and-a-half years, repelling all attacks without incurring any deaths or injuries. They have found that warning shots are usually sufficient to drive the pirates away.”

So I guess the remaining question is…who gets to keep the parrots and the peg legs?

When Employees Are Stealing More Than They Are Making

Thu, November 3rd, 2011 - 5:21 am - By Gordon Basichis

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These are dire times.  The economy is sketchy, and employees can do foolish things in desperation.   Many people need money, and more often than not,  a fair portion of an employer’s staff is probably in straits with overdue payments on everything from mortgages to the telephone bill.  So in some ways it should be no wonder that employment theft is on the rise.

Employment theft is on the rise and industrial espionage has actually increased significantly during the past few years.   In many cases, regarding retail theft, much of it  emanates from external sources.  There are criminal  rings committing online theft and credit card and gift card fraud.  And then there are the in-store shoplifters.   A fine tradition, causing shrinkage equally to retail venues large and small.   And then that new and innovative approach, the flash mob, where scads of people flood a venue, all robbing and stealing at the same time.   But flash mobs, I should add, according to the report synopsized on Security Director News, are more media hype than a persistent reality.

And then there are the employees who walk off with goods and either keep them or sell them at reduced prices.  When you don’t actually pay for the merchandise you can sell it at drastically discounted pricing.

Here is the link to the full article on


California Adds Jobs in September

Wed, November 2nd, 2011 - 5:05 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Here is some good news for California for a change.  A state that has been long enduring economic hardships and high rates of unemployment added close to 12,000 jobs in September.  According to the Los Angeles Times, the jobless rate fell from 12.1 % to 11.9% in the state.   Might be only a couple of decimal points but it is better than nothing.

In all, California has added over a quarter million jobs during the past year.  For a state the size of California, it’s a long way to go.  California has had the dubious distinction of having  second highest unemployment rate in the nation.   Nevada has the highest unemployment rate.  The region within California that has the highest unemployment rate is the Los Angeles metropolitan area.  There  it averages around 12.4 percent.

As Corra Group is based in California with a percentage of our business here as well as around the country and in parts of the world, we have noticed an increase in hiring.  Old clients and new clients within the state have been calling us about background checks for new hires or for compliance purposes as our client was just awarded a contract where compliance background checks are mandated.  It is a good sign.

Massachusetts, New Hampshire Courts Delayed Due to Weekend Snow Storm

Tue, November 1st, 2011 - 5:00 am - By Gordon Basichis


For those wishing to pull county criminal records and county civil records as background checks for employment screening purposes, please be aware that the Massachusetts and New Hampshire County Courts are experiencing delays due to the weekend snow storm.

A winter storm in the Northeast has forced the closure of several Massachusetts and New Hampshire courts.

Massachusetts reports 9 court closures.
New Hampshire reports 6 courts closed including Hillsborough South Courthouse.

Additionally, the Massachusetts Superior Court computer system is reporting that the system is down until 11/1/2011. Mass district courts are unaffected.

We will keep you apprised news as it develops.


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