By Dialogo May 18, 2010 A specialized team of experts in naval salvage and industrial recovery arrived in Chile to provide reconstruction expertise May 11. Deputy Commander of Naval Facilities and Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Deputy Chief of Civil Engineers Rear Adm. Albert Garcia and Commander of Naval Surface Warfare Center Rear Adm. Jim Shannon arrived in Chile with the 10-person team. The team consisting of shipyard, dry-docking and diving and salvage experts from Naval Sea Systems Command and waterfront shore facility experts from NAVFAC will be working with the Chilean navy to share their insight into reconstruction efforts of Astilleros y Maestranzas de la Armada (ASMAR, shipyards and armories of the Chilean navy) Talcahuano, a shipyard located in the Bay of Concepcion. ASMAR, is a state-owned company, belonging to the military and defense industries in which it constructs and repairs Chilean navy ships as well as domestic and internationally owned ships. The shipyard was damaged by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Feb. 27. This is the second time the Chilean government has requested the assistance of an advisory team from the U.S. Navy since the earthquake and tsunami. The first team assisted the Chilean navy with an initial damage assessment of Naval Base Talcahuano and the shipyard. For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns/.
Submit StumbleUpon The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued new guidance and measures which aim to further protect consumers during lockdown.The Commission said that tighter measures were needed, as new evidence revealed that certain gamblers may be at risk of greater harm during the lockdown period.Protecting the most vulnerable, the UKGC has made it clear that operators must carry out more stringent due diligence on affordability checks, as well as prevent reverse withdrawals and stop bonuses for those displaying indicators of harm.In its decision, the UKGC pointed to research carried out by YouGov which found that while gambling participation has fallen, reflecting the closure of land-based venues and the postponement of sports, consumer gambling habits have changed as a result of COVID-19.In a statement, the UKGC said: “The shift in the market as a result of Covid-19 evidence shows an increase in the use of certain gambling products such as online slots, poker, casino gaming and virtual sports.”Concerns have been raised by government officials, after a statistic from YouGov research revealed that ‘64% of more engaged gamblers’ reported that they have increased the time or money that they are spending on at least one online gambling activity’.In light of potential risks that vulnerable players may be experiencing during lockdown, new UKGC guidance demands that all online operators carry out additional requirements including: Stopping all reverse withdrawal options for customers until further notice Ceasing bonus offers and promotions to all customers displaying ‘harm indications’. Requiring direct interaction with all customer that have participated in ‘an hour single session of play’ Reviewing safer gambling thresholds and triggers for new customers Conducting further affordability checks on players displaying harm indications Enforcing immediate deposit limits and blocks on customers displaying harmful behaviour. Ensuring comprehensive monitoring of customer base – identifying dangerous play and spending habits.The UKGC also encouraged license holders to ‘make changes to act on this guidance as soon as possible’.Confirming its new guidance, Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur said: “Operators must use the data they hold to protect their customers and now, more than ever, it’s vital that online operators really know their customers by monitoring how long they are playing for and understanding how financial uncertainty is impacting them and what they can afford to gamble with. “To ensure operators do that, we are strengthening our guidance and expect operators to take account of that to prevent bonus offers or inducements being offered to customers who are showing any sign of harm. “Work was already underway to address many of these issues but this means we will now accelerate this work due to the unique situation that many consumers will find themselves in during lockdown. ‘’We will continue to monitor and publish the data that we are collecting and we will take further measures if required. We are monitoring online operators closely and if we see irresponsible behaviour we will step in immediately, suspending licences if we need to.” The Commission will bring forward plans to consult on whether further targeted player protection measures are required on a permanent basis. The UKGC measures have been approved by the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport. Minister for Sports, Tourism and Heritage Nigel Huddleston said: “It is vital that people are protected from the threat of gambling related harm and I welcome these latest steps from the Gambling Commission. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will not hesitate to take further action if required.”Later this month, the Commission will be opening a consultation which will propose strengthened measures around ethical product design, including reverse withdrawals and VIP Inducements. ‘Pent-up demand’ for live sports drives gambling pick-up in June August 17, 2020 EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Share