No Jones Cup stint for Gilas; SBP eyes pocket tourneys

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Based on the calendar, it will be quite difficult to participate in the Jones Cup,” SBP president Al Panlilio said. “It’s a grueling schedule.”The Jones Cup, an international event where formidable teams see action, will be held on July 12 to 21, and will run right smack into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup schedule. It has been a perennial training ground for many Philippine teams in the past and which the Filipinos won twice before.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHosting a mini-tournament or a series of friendlies will be easier to do, Panlilio said, since they can take the PBA schedule into consideration.Lebanon and Jordan came over to play the Filipinos in exhibition matches before the Philippines went to Qatar and Kazakhstan to book crucial wins that sealed a second straight stint in the global showcase scheduled on Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in eight cities in China. Meanwhile, in a continued show of solid support to the international program, the PBA said that it will lend its players even to the Southeast Asian Games where the Philippines is the heavy favorite for the cage gold medal.“Once chairman (Ricky) Vargas asks the PBA, we will give him players,” commissioner Willie Marcial said in Filipino as the PBA could ultimately wind up representing the country for the first time in the SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDue to conflict with the PBA schedule, coach Yeng Guiao’s original plan of having Gilas Pilipinas play in the Jones Cup to prepare for the World Cup will not happen.Instead, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is thinking of hosting pocket tournaments, or friendlies, in order to get the National Five to play together with the World Cup in China still six months away.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief After losing two world titles, Lakay ringmaster wants wards to go for swift, decisive wins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View commentslast_img read more

Indian American Man Convicted in Hawala Plot for Drug Trafficking

first_imgAn Indian American man from Monrovia in Los Angeles has been convicted for being part of an international money laundering racket that plotted to move millions of dollars for narcotics for organizations such as the Sinaloa drug cartel.Harinder Singh, 32, also known as Sonu, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 30. At the time of sentencing, Singh will face a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for the conspiracy count, and five years for each of the other two charges. Singh was found guilty on Jan. 19 of conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.In the course of the two-week trial that took place in Los Angeles, evidence that was presented included wiretap calls in Punjabi, witnesses who spoke Punjabi as well as a money laundering expert.All the evidences pointed out that Singh participated in a “hawala” conspiracy that was moving money generated from drug sales in Canada to the United States to pay for multi-kilogram drug shipments that were purchased in Los Angeles and then routed back to Canada for distribution, a statement from the Department of Justice said.“The jury deliberated for less than two hours on Jan. 19 before finding Singh guilty of all three charges. With the verdicts against Singh, prosecutors have convicted 18 defendants who were named in a 2015 grand jury indictment that was the first major case in the United States involving ‘hawala’ transfers of drug money,” the statement added.The other 17 defendants pleaded guilty earlier, and several have already been sentenced, receiving prison terms as long as nearly six years. The indictment also charges four other defendants who are currently fugitives.Singh was stopped by the California Highway Patrol in October 2012, which led to the discovery of $274,980 in United States currency in rubber-banded stacks wrapped in black plastic. “While the traffic stop was being conducted, special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration were conducting surveillance and observed Singh’s wife exiting the couple’s apartment complex carrying a bag, which later revealed $388,100 in United States currency, again rubber-banded in stacks and similarly wrapped in black plastic,” the statement added.Hawala is an alternative form of money remittance that operates outside of traditional banking or financial systems. The transfer of monetary value occurs between the brokers, who are typically located in different countries, but sometimes in different cities in one nation.“Drug traffickers used a traditional hawala network of brokers spanning the United States, Canada and India to secretly transfer millions of dollars of drug proceeds to the United States, where brokers such as Singh delivered money to couriers acting on behalf of the Canadian drug traffickers and Mexican drug cartels,” said the statement.Before the traffic stop and the seizure at Singh’s apartment complex, a federal wiretap had intercepted calls in the Punjabi language. This indicated that Singh and co-conspirators had communicated over multiple telephone calls to arrange for the pick-up, transport and delivery of large amounts of United States currency, as much as up to $800,000, panning across the Los Angeles area. Related ItemsIndian Americanlos angelesUnited Stateslast_img read more