Posted by: Idioma Extra | April 12, 2010

Monday’s News

Costa Rican sportsbooks respond to recent arrests


Though 36 arrests on United States soil this week rattled the online gaming industry, operations are continuing as normal in Costa Rica.

“We haven’t received any reports from businesses that have taken immediate decisions about their operations in this country,” EmpleadosApuestasCR (Organization of Costa Rican Wager Employees) said in a press statement. “On the contrary, businesses are continuing as normal.”

On Wednesday, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced indictments of 38 individuals in the gaming industry. All but one of those indicted have addresses in the United States, but most conducted their operations through Costa Rican-based call centers. According to the statement, the individuals were arrested for their involvement in sports betting activity, which is considered “highly illegal” in some parts of the United States.

The organization EmpleadosApuestasCR is using the recent incident as a call to action for the Costa Rican government to introduce and approve legislation recognizing the sports wagering industry.

“It’s precisely for (situations) like this that there is a movement to look for and support a fair and realistic regulation so such operations can continue in this country,” the organization said.

EmpleadosApuestasCR also pointed to a ruling by the World Trade Organization, which they said frees the industry outside the United States from the restrictions placed on it in that country.

Word of the Day

Main Entry: in·dict·ment
Function: noun
Date: 14th century
1 a : the action or the legal process of indicting
: the state of being indicted
2 : a formal written statement framed by a prosecuting authority and found by a jury (as a grand jury) charging a person with an offense
3 : an expression of strong disapproval <an indictment of government policy on immigrants>

More Vocabulary

Arrest: v. to seize, capture; specifically: to take or keep in custody by authority of law
Free: v. to relieve or rid of what restrains, confines, restricts or embarrasses
Legislation: n. the exercise of the power and function of making rules (as laws) that have the force of authority by virtue of their promulgation by an official organ of a state or other organization
Rattle: v. to upset especially to the point of loss of poise and composure: disturb
Ruling: n. an official or authoritative decision, decree, statement, or interpretation (as by a judge on a point of law)

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Look for: to search

     The company is looking for ways to reduce its expenses.


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