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Microsoft reveals Spotify for Xbox One app

Spotify is planning to launch an Xbox One app soon, and Microsoft has confirmed its existence today. Major Nelson’s latest “this week on Xbox” video includes a brief glimpse of Spotify running as a background app on the Xbox One, confirming that the app will work while games are played. The Spotify app, spotted by Reddit members, can be seen for around a second in the Xbox One Guide at around 9 minutes in Microsoft’s YouTube video (above).

The Verge revealed on Friday that Microsoft is currently testing Spotify for Xbox One internally, and the app will be available soon. Spotify arrived in the Windows Store recently as a desktop version for Windows 10 devices, and not a special Universal Windows App that works on Xbox One devices. It’s unlikely that the Spotify app for Xbox One will be a Universal Windows App, but it does mean Microsoft’s console will soon have access to the popular music streaming service, more than two years after Spotify first launched on Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. 


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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company

Apple reported its earnings this week, and with a surprisingly positive report the shares spiked again as Apple signaled a potential huge iPhone release.

With that jump, Apple’s market cap is now over $800 billion. This year alone, shares of Apple are up almost 35%. If Apple’s promise plays out — or exceeds — what Wall Street hopes for the September quarter, we may soon be asking ourselves whether or not Apple really will fulfill the promise of a company that could hit a market cap of $1 trillion. The company is of course one of a very long list of companies benefittings from a massive run up in the public markets, but there is still quite a bit to do.

With a potentially huge quarter on the way, a cash pile of hundreds of billions of dollars, an ever expanding line of products and a ton of good will heading into the back half of the year, we may see that question answered sooner rather than later. So let’s run through a couple key factors that Apple is going to have to address if it’s going to hit that largely symbolic but massive milestone nonetheless.

Get a blockbuster iPhone out

This is an obvious one. Apple’s core business is the glass slate in your pocket. It’s how you interact with the Internet, with every online service, and your core communications channel to the rest of the world. But even as we potentially move toward an end point for the smartphone — as in, if we’ve potentially already perfected the form factor and use case — Apple still has to come out with a fresh look and design.

Apple has the luxury of a consistent customer base and can wait while other companies discover new user experiences that it can wrap into the phone and then adopt the best of those. You could argue that, prior to iOS 7, Apple didn’t explicitly need to overhaul the interface into something with a more modern look. It didn’t have to ditch the green felt in the Game Center. But customers still crave new as both a status symbol and a feeling of new novel user experiences. Apple was arguably behind in the people-like-big-phones movement, and then when it finally caught up it unlocked an insane amount of customer demand that delivered some of the company’s best quarters in its history.

This feeds, critically, into the second point…

Lock people into buying the iPhone as a “hub” with an expanding portfolio of edge products

We’ve started to see a lot of moves by Apple to expand into new product categories like the Apple Watch. But with the emergence of newer products like the HomePod and the AirPods, it seems more and more likely that Apple could morph into a company with a portfolio of niche products that keep people locked into iOS. All of these products are powered by your phone, and as more and more of the computational user experience moves into a distributed environment — voice, wrist and such — Apple can make a very strong case for the iPhone as the hub of this universe of distributed products.

That, like everything else, forces lock-in as people have to buy the hub. The iPhone continues to become more and more powerful, but even with redesigns and upgrades, it’s still a multi-functional glass slate. New user experiences are starting to blossom into a movement that could change the way we interact with the Internet. But again, you still need to own the hub, and the hub is Apple’s core business.

Grow those incremental edge businesses, even if they’re niches

While Apple will probably always be a phone company, each incremental product that’s able to operate at a profit by nature will expand Apple’s value. Altering the calculus of the company’s operations (going from a “phone” company to an “everything internet” company) will require a reassessment of how to value it. Google, for example, at one point jumped ahead of Apple to become the most valuable company in the world but more or less has returned to the reality that it’s an advertising company and hasn’t shown the promise of becoming something more full-stack in terms of how we interface with the internet just yet.

Amazon, Google and company are all working to pick off niches of this area. Amazon is where you buy things, and you can do so with your voice (with the added benefit of asking questions). Google is where you search for things. Microsoft is, well, Microsoft, and so on and so forth. While Google is the arbiter of Android — which powers most devices on the planet — it’s not really in the same scope as Apple which is uniquely a device company. Each additional device or service, which creates that positive feedback loop of locking a user further and further down its rabbit hole, has the opportunity of adding incremental value to the company.

Services can become a Fortune 100 business, but the success of the HomePod (and its seeming perception as a speaker before an interface) would be like adding a Sonos. Apple can choose to try to own the full stack of content, music or other experiences from the actual human sensation to where it’s stored on the Internet. The company will always be gauged differently and will probably always be greater than the sum of its parts (in this case, the sum of the niches). But, each of those successful niches will create additional value regardless.

Build out a massive services business that surprises Wall Street

Apple has a huge edge here because it’s able to basically will content deals into existence. One of the great things about building this kind of a business is that it can be wildly consistent and continue to grow methodically. Certain elements can be hits-driven, such as original content, but Apple has so much power and weight that it can strong-arm exclusive music deals. Facebook was able to create a massive messaging ecosystem with Facebook Messenger by simply funneling people to the app, and Apple can do the same with products like Apple Music.

Consistent is good. Very good. It means that even when Apple might stumble on certain quarters it can generally rely on that amount of revenue — or income — to buoy its results. You can look at Amazon as an example case, where its retail business has some of the tightest margins in the universe but its server business continues to be very efficient at generating actual profit for the company. With that, Amazon could basically point to it on an earnings report and explain that it can have a portfolio of business lines that can in the future become billion-dollar-plus revenue streams.

Apple likes to say that its Services business will be the size of a Fortune 100 company soon enough. That’s not out of the realm of possibility, as every developer has to build for the App Store and Apple is able to get out these additional services like Apple Music that it has always executed well. If this business continues or begins to outperform, it’s an incremental addition to the company.

Keep Wall Street off its back

This is going to be a small sticking point as Apple is going to perpetually be a massive target for investors. Most won’t be successful in forcing the company to alter its strategy, but it is not unprecedented. Activist investor Carl Icahn pressured Apple to return more of its massive (and still increasing) cash pile to investors back in 2013.

These little piecemeal tributes are important when it comes to investors, as even the long plays are still looking for some kind of incremental returns over time. That can come in the form of stock repurchases and dividends, which offers investors an opportunity to capture some of the value of an increasing stock price while they watch it continue its march forward.

To hit $1 trillion, Apple is probably going to have to excel at every single one of these. The notion of adding $200 billion to its market cap isn’t outlandish, but it’s going to be a huge undertaking to do so. Apple’s stock jump earlier this week may have just been a setup for the next quarter — which could end up performing exactly as expected and halting that rise. It has to either continue to add valuable businesses to its portfolio or force a rethinking of what Apple is as a company and the multiples it gets based on its earnings.

At the end of the day, Apple is still ways off from $1 trillion. And companies across the board could take a nosedive for any number of reasons. But it wasn’t really that long ago when we were asking ourselves whether Apple would become the most valuable company in the world. Its iPhone business stalled and the company entered a holding pattern in the past year or so, but then signaled that it might have a huge next quarter with the next iPhone on the horizon. Basically, there is so much pent up demand from all the leaks and the possible radical redesign of the phone — especially as it morphs into the hub of a user’s Internet experience — that it could help Apple continue its march forward.

Apple became the largest company in the world, and now it’s time to start asking the next question: is Apple really going to become a $1 trillion company? All eyes are on the next quarter.

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Top food park grubs at The Yard


Here's top 5 best food grub finds at The Yard paired well with Andy Cola! Photo by James Miguel

MANILA, Philippines — together with the Zomato foodies once again invaded a new city! This time, we went to Quezon City, and headed to one of their most popular food parks called The Yard.

Food parks are now the hippest spots for food-lovers and adventurers. We say au revoir to the days where one has to choose a specific cuisine to savor. Now in just one stop, there’s a wide range of specialty dishes made to satisfy cravings.

The Yard has several stalls that serve bar chows, made for millennials to chat and bond the night away. The perfect alcoholic drink we found at The Yard at Xavierville is Andy Cola, a drink that paired well with almost all of our food-park finds.

We are listing the top 5 best food grub finds at The Yard which paired well with our favorite alcoholic drink, Andy Cola!

Bacon Avenue

Burgers are always a good idea. But when you pair it with alcohol, it gets even better. Complement Burger Avenue’s Bacon Mushroom and Cheese Overload with a cold bottle of Andy Cola. Trust us, this was a kick-ass combo.


Konnichiwa! Takami took us straight to the to the streets of Japan – serving Gyoza and Okonomiyaki with a modern twist. An unusally good pair with Andy Cola was Takami’s Gyozas - choose from Buffalo Chicken Gyoza or Beef Bulgogi Gyoza and down it with Andy Cola!

Squid Goals

With a sea of choices available in the Food Park, Squid Goals’ Giant Squid is a crowd favorite that’s hard to pass up. This instant hit has been making waves lately! Pair it with Andy Cola for perfection!


Of course, how can we miss Puluts? Alcohol is extra divine with pulutan. Puluts has redefined the Filipino Street Food, offering Pork Sisig with a twist, Crispy Kawali Pansit and the Pika Platter. Make these dishes a drinking Staple with your Andy Cola!

All About Fry Day

Visiting Food Parks with friends is all about celebrating all the hard work of the week! Indeed, celebrate Fridays with their Blooming Fries and Andy Cola.

Visiting The Yard soon? Don’t forget to pair your favorite food park find with Andy Cola!


Bagong Anyo: Showcase of Phl art and culture

Bagong Anyo, staged twice at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1972 and 1974 (command performance in honor of the participants to the Miss Universe pageant), was billed as a showcase of Philippine art and culture in the realm of costume design.

It was a grand presentation only the First Lady, Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, could pull off.

The Bagong Anyo souvenir program said it all. It read:

This cultural presentation is a completely Filipino endeavor which aims to inspire pride and appreciation for everything Philippine made — from textiles manufactured by 26 of the country’s millers to shoes, gloves, hats and other accessories crafted by Filipino artisans.

More importantly, the creative genius of Filipino dress designers is reflected in the ingenious manner in which Philippine indigenous designs and influences from the costumes of our cultural minority groups have been incorporated in the entire collection of dresses, gowns and ternos.

Bagong Anyo provides an insight into the lifestyle of the Filipino people from its early history to contemporary times.

On this page are the creations of many of the country’s top designers. — RKC


Land mine kills MILF fighters in operation vs BIFF

Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, or MILF, at their stronghold at Camp Darapanan in Maguindanao province in southern Philippines. AP, file

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines — Five Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas were killed Sunday in a land mine blast while running after militants operating in the fashion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The fatalities belong to a group in the MILF operating against ISIS-inspired militants in the second district of Maguindanao since last week.

The slain guerrillas and their companions were moving to surround members of a third faction in the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Barangay Andavit in Datu Saudi Ampatuan tripped off an improvised explosive device.

Four BIFF militants were killed in an encounter Wednesday with pursuing MILF guerrillas in Barangay Pusaw in Sharif Saydona town also in Maguindanao.

Two MILF guerrillas were wounded in the gunfight. They were brought to a hospital in Cotabato City and are being assisted by the Army’s 6th Infantry Division.

Lt. Col. Gerry Besana of the 6th Civil Military Operations Battalion, a component unit of 6th ID, told The STAR on Sunday that the five MILF fighters killed by an IED are followers of Commander Asrap.

Asrap is one of MILF commanders under Task Force Ittihad (Unity) now helping the police and the military neutralize BIFF bandits.

The MILF targeted on Wednesday a third bloc in the BIFF under Esmael Abdulmalik, trained in the fabrication of IEDs by slain Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, most known as Marwan.

Abdulmalik and his men display the black ISIS flag when they roam around to recruit members and collect money from farmer families in Maguindanao’s adjoining Datu Saudi, Shariff Saydona, Salibo, Mamasapano and Datu Piang towns.

The IED used against members of the MILF’s Task Force Ittihad had construction support bars, bent nails and fragments of cast iron with jagged edges.

Six guerrillas hurt in the land mine explosion were immediately rushed to a hospital by responding Army units based in nearby barangays. They have since been brought to Cotabato City for further treatment.

BIFF different from MILF

The outlawed BIFF was founded in 2010 by the late Imam Ameril Ombra Kato, who had studied Islamic theology in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s.

Kato started as a senior commander in the MILF, but bolted due to irreconcilable differences with its central committee.

He then organized the BIFF, which is radically militant and whose pioneer members were former MILF guerillas booted out for insubordination and criminal offenses.

The BIFF claimed allegiance to ISIS more than two years ago.

The BIFF is not covered by the July 1997 Agreement on General Cessation of Hostilities between the government and the MILF.

The security pact obliges the government and the MILF to cooperate in addressing peace and security issues in potential conflict flashpoint areas in the south.

One BIFF faction, under Imam Karialan, said last week that it has cut its ties with the group of Abdulmalik.

Karialan’s group, in a statement, also emphasized that it is not hostile to other revolutionary organizations fighting for Moro self-determination.

BIFF insiders said the hasty announcement was a propaganda ploy precipitated by apprehensions on the MILF’s anti-terror campaign in Maguindanao province.


100 homes lost in Zamboanga Sibugay fire

Firefighters from Ipil and from nearby towns helped contain the fire. Paul Jun E. Rosaroso, file

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — A big fire in a slum area in Ipil town, Zamboanga Sibugay razed at least 100 houses on Saturday night.

Police and local authorities reported no casualties from the conflagration that displaced around 600 villagers of Barangay Don Andres.

Chief Superintendent Billy Beltran, chief of Police Regional Office 9, said the fire broke out about 9 p.m. in the slum area of Purok Sampaguita.

Beltran said the Bureau of Fire Protection from Ipil immediately responded. Firefighters from the towns of Titay, Roseller Lim, Tungawan, Naga, Kabasalan, Siay and Imelda helped contain the conflagration.

The fire, which lasted more than two hours, razed 100 houses, most of which were made from light materials.

Damage is estimated at P1 million.

The BFP is still investigating into how the fire started.

The local government of Ipil has extended relief assistance to the fire victims, who were temporarily evacuated to the town’s covered court.


Six middle fingers on Snapchat lead to disqualification of Junior League softball team

Let this be a lesson, kids: The next time you want to gloat about beating your opponents on their home turf, think twice — especially if your chosen method of gloating is posting a photo on social media of six teammates flipping the bird under the caption, “watch out host.”

The 12-to-14-year-olds who make up the Atlee junior league softball team from Mechanicsville, Va.,learned this the hard way on Saturday when they were disqualified from the nationally televised championship game at the Junior League World Series in Kirkland, Wash., after one team member posted that photo on her Snapchat account.

Little League spokesman Kevin Fountain called the post “inappropriate” in a statement to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, explaining that it violated the league’s “policies regarding unsportsmanlike conduct.”

The disqualification didn’t sit well with the Atlee team manager, Scott Currie, who had found out about the photo shortly after the team posted it following a 1-0 win over Kirkland on Friday. Currie immediately reprimanded the children, aged 12 to 14, who were involved, before demanding they delete the post and apologize in person to their rivals.

“It’s a travesty for these girls,” Currie told the Times-Dispatch on Saturday. “Yes, they screwed up, but I don’t think the punishment fit the crime.”

According to Atlee coach Chris Mardigian, who spoke to RVA Sports, the post came in retaliation to “several incidents of harassment” perpetrated by some Kirkland team members that targeted the Atlee team.

The Times-Dispatch adds that both a player and coach from Kirkland’s team were ejected after being caught relaying Atlee’s team signals from second base to Kirkland batters.

Making matters worse for Atlee, Kirkland was chosen to replace Atlee in Saturday’s championship game against USA Central.

Little League’s decision to disqualify Atlee while promoting Kirkland irked many on social media, although most admitted the photo posted to Snapchat was inexcusable. Many also said it’s equally unfair to disqualify the whole Atlee team over the actions of six members.

“You don’t disqualify an ENTIRE team due to the posting of one child,” Sueann Taylor Ellis posted on RVA Sports’ Facebook page.

“I can understand disqualifying Atlee for the post … but to give Kirland [sic] the spot is ridiculous,” Jerry Broussard wrote. “The other team in the finals should just get the win outright. Bureaucracy at it’s [sic] finest.”

Others agreed with Little League’s decision, although they admitted it’s a “hard lesson” to learn.

“Adults/kids sooner or later need to understand that not everything should go on social media,” Michelle Turnbow Jenkins wrote. “[T]here is always someone watching!”

“I think we should all take a step back and look at the bigger picture,” Skip Horton added. “They need to think about there [sic] future colleges. This is exactly what coaches look at before the [sic] offer scholarship.”

There are dozens of cases in which social media has negatively affected a prospective student athlete’s future. In 2014, for example, a Penn State assistant coach (perhaps ironically) used Twitter to announce he “dropped another prospect” because of his social media presence.

“Actually glad I got to see the ‘real’ person before we offered him [a scholarship],” Herb Hand said.

While the Atlee player’s post and the six participants’ faces will likely exist online forever (although the post was deleted, it’s been screen-captured and shared online numerous times), the players will probably avoid any long-term damage. Not yet in high school, the children have plenty of time to rethink their online personas — and hopefully more tournament championships to play.

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The future of the Democratic Party could be written in upcoming gubernatorial races

President Trump addressed his supporters at a rally in Huntington, W.Va., Aug. 3. Here are some highlights of his speech. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post)

When West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that he was leaving the Democratic Party and returning to the Republican Party, the move highlighted once again the dominance of the GOP at the state level — and signaled to beleaguered Democrats the importance that the 2018 gubernatorial elections could play in starting a comeback.

With Justice’s switch, announced Thursday at a rally with President Trump, Republicans now hold 34 of the 50 governorships, tying the record for the most ever for the GOP. Democrats, who at the beginning of the Obama presidency held 28 governorships, have seen their ranks dwindle to just 15. At some point over the past decade, according to the Republican Governors Association, there has been a Republican governor in 46 of the 50 states.

Republican control of the states is even more lopsided when the partisan balance of state legislatures is included in the statistics. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Republicans now hold the governor’s office and control of the legislature in 25 states. Democrats enjoy total control in just six, with 18 states having split control. (Nebraska has a Republican governor and a unicameral, nonpartisan legislature.) Eight years ago, Democrats held the upper hand, controlling 17 states to nine for the Republicans.

For Democrats, the rapid loss of power in the states is both cause for alarm and some reason for hope. Republicans posted enormous gains in the states and in Congress in the midterm elections of 2010 and 2014. If it happened for the GOP, Democrats ask, why couldn’t it happen for them?

Midterm elections for a new president generally result in losses, sometimes substantial losses, and Trump currently suffers from the lowest approval ratings of any new president at this point in a first term. That’s compounded by the fact that the president and congressional Republicans have so far failed to enact a health-care bill, which could dampen enthusiasm among many GOP voters.

West Virginia’s governor just said he will switch parties, here are some other politicians who have done the same. (The Washington Post)
GOP strategists believe they must prepare for a political climate like that of 2006, when Republicans lost the House and surrendered their majority among governors.

A year from now, the atmosphere might look better, if the economy continues to expand and Congress enacts major legislation. If not, look for Republican gubernatorial candidates to distance themselves from Washington.

Democrats plan to make an issue of Trump in the state races. They also hope to see more intraparty turmoil over allegiance to the president in Republican gubernatorial primaries. That was a feature of the Virginia GOP primary earlier this year.

Even if there are favorable conditions for the Democrats, it is difficult to overstate the significance of these 2018 contests for their longer-term implications for the party. Winning more governorships offers at least two potential dividends. First, it could bring new faces to a party desperately in need of a reinvigoration through fresh, younger talent. Second, it could give Democrats more power in the redistricting battles that will take place after the 2020 Census and that will affect the shape of the House for a decade.

“The future of the Democratic Party really is at stake in these gubernatorial elections,” said Elisabeth Pearson, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association.

Over the next 15 months, there will be 38 gubernatorial races, starting this November with contests in Virginia and New Jersey. Democrats are heavily favored to pick up New Jersey, where current Gov. Chris Christie (R) has an approval rating in the teens. In Virginia, currently in Democratic hands under Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the race will be closer, but Democrats rate a narrow advantage.

The real test will come in November 2018, with the Republicans having to defend 26 states to just nine for the Democrats. Of those 26 Republican-held seats, about half will feature incumbents running (although several were appointed since 2014 and will be running on their own for the first time) while the remainder will be open seats and therefore potentially more attractive targets.

But here’s just one example of the challenge for Democrats. Republicans currently hold the governorships in Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont, all deep-blue states presidentially. Yet the incumbents — Larry Hogan in Maryland, Charlie Baker in Massachusetts and Phil Scott in Vermont — are among the most popular governors in the nation. In a wave election, one or more could be vulnerable, but Democrats can’t count on easy pickups in states where their presidential candidates won by big margins last year.

[Republican lawmakers head home for recess with little to show]

Their best hopes in blue states will be in Maine, where outgoing Republican Gov. Paul LePage has been a source of constant controversy, and in Illinois, where Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, a businessman who had never held office until he was elected four years ago, has been in a multiyear war with Democrats in the legislature. Meanwhile, Democrats could find themselves on the defensive in at least one other blue state, Connecticut.

Nor can Democrats look to many deep-red states for easy pickups. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report list of solid or likely Republican gubernatorial seats includes a dozen or so of these red states. Democratic strategists say they will not write off those states, arguing that they are determined to go after seats in all areas of the country.

As is so often the case in politics, the Midwest looms large in the gubernatorial elections. To mount a serious comeback, Democrats will need to show strength in the region that gave Trump the presidency over Hillary Clinton. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) will be trying for a third term. Since winning the office in 2010, he has survived a recall election and a reelection campaign. Walker remains a polarizing figure, but the Democratic bench is not strong there.

Three Midwestern states will have open races: Michigan and Ohio, currently held by Republicans, and Minnesota, now in Democratic hands. Ohio went strongly for Trump, and Democrats have struggled in most statewide races in recent elections. Michigan narrowly backed Trump and probably will see a fierce battle for the governorship. Minnesota backed Clinton by a surprising small margin, and the gubernatorial race next year will be crowded and competitive. In Pennsylvania, incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf is seen by Republicans as vulnerable, and Democrats recognize he will have a serious challenge.

Other traditional presidential battlegrounds present opportunities for the Democrats, including Florida, New Mexico and Nevada, where Republican governors Rick Scott, Susana Martinez and Brian Sandoval are term-limited. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) also is term-limited, giving Republicans an opportunity in a purple state.

The overlay of the coming redistricting battles adds an extra element of importance to 2017 and 2018 gubernatorial races. In 28 of the 38 states with elections this year or next, the governor has the power to veto a redistricting map produced by the state legislature. For Democrats, that provides the easiest route to check the power of Republican-held legislatures to draw maps favorable to their party — and vice versa.

Outside money will probably be pouring into many of these contests. Democrats have set up an operation aimed specifically at winning back House seats through more balanced congressional district lines, and that has heightened attention on the gubernatorial races. “Normally, our people are focused on federal races,” Pearson said. “This year, it feels like the difference between night and day.”

Next year’s congressional elections will draw outsized attention for the possibility of Democrats regaining control of the House and putting a huge roadblock in front of Trump and the GOP. But no one should lose sight of the longer-term importance of the gubernatorial races and what they will say about the rebuilding efforts of the Democratic Party.

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Search Is Suspended for 3 Missing Marines Off Australia

A United States Marines MV-22 Osprey approached the deck of the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard off the Australian coast in June. Credit Jason Reed/Reuters

Officials have suspended the search for three missing United States Marines after an MV-22 Osprey, a hybrid aircraft, entered the water off the eastern coast of Australia around 4 p.m. local time on Saturday.

There were 26 personnel onboard the Osprey at the time of the accident, and 23 have been rescued, the III Marine Expeditionary Force said in a news release.

In a statement emailed to The New York Times, the expeditionary force said the Navy and Marine Corps had suspended search and rescue efforts for the three remaining Marines around 3 a.m. local time on Sunday.

“Operations have now shifted to recovery efforts,” the statement said. “The next-of-kin for the three missing Marines have been notified.

“As the sea state permits, recovery efforts will be conducted to further search, assess and survey the area. Recovery and salvage operations can take several months to complete.”

The aircraft had launched from the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship, “and was conducting regularly scheduled operations” when it entered the water, an initial news release said. “The ship’s small boats and aircraft immediately responded in the search and rescue efforts.”

President Trump was briefed on the crash by his new chief of staff, John F. Kelly, the former Homeland Security secretary and retired Marine general, the White House said.

Marise Payne, Australia’s defense minister, said in an emailed statement that the crash occurred off the coast of Shoalwater Bay, in the northeastern state of Queensland.

She added that she had briefed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and had spoken with the United States defense secretary, Jim Mattis, “to offer Australia’s support in any way that can be of assistance.”

The Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft that can lift off without a runway, like a helicopter, and cruise like an airplane while in flight. First developed during the 1980s, it got off to a rocky start over safety concerns. One crash in Arizona in 2000 killed all 19 Marines on board.

“It had a very difficult development period,” said Richard L. Aboulafia, an aircraft consultant and analyst with Teal Group, an aerospace and defense consultancy.

But he added that no other aircraft has the Osprey’s unique capabilities and that it has proved its worth on battlefields, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. “As it matured, it went well into the safe zone,” Mr. Aboulafia said.

The Osprey that crashed on Saturday belonged to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 — nicknamed the Dragons — which is part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Okinawa, Japan.

Another Osprey crashed in December off the coast of Okinawa. There were no fatalities, but Ospreys were grounded for a week in Japan. In the past, some residents of Okinawa who were opposed to the United States military base there have seized on the Osprey as a symbol of the Americans’ presence.

Last month, a Marine Corps transport plane crashed in Mississippi and killed 16 service members. Brig. Gen. Bradley S. James, commander of the Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve, said that “something went wrong at cruise altitude.”

The episodes have exacerbated concerns that budget cuts have led to a lack of maintenance, and a decline in mission readiness, for United States military aircraft.

Peter Baker and Matt Stevens contributed reporting.

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Pacio admits being too aggressive in loss to Suzuki

Photo from ONE Championship

MACAU—Joshua Pacio could’ve booked himself another title shot in the ONE Championship strawweight division, but that wouldn’t be the case after he bowed out in the first round of his fight against Hayato Suzuki.
The Filipino fighter admitted he was to aggressive in his Saturday fight against Suzuki in ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors at Cotai Arena here and that led to his eventual defeat.
“I think I was too aggressive because I was really looking for that early knockout,” said Pacio (9-2), whose first strike attempt was a looping roundhouse kick right off the bell, in Filipino.
“My first roundhouse didn’t have any setup, I just wanted to throw it away because I was expecting that we will exchange in striking but this is MMA.”
Pacio’s first defeat was against strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito in October of 2016 and a win over Suzuki was meant to be a stepping stone for the 21-year-old to vie for the belt once more.
Suzuki (17-0-2) found the opening right about the first minute mark when he got Pacio’s back and the Japanese eventually dragged the fight to the ground.
For almost a couple of minutes, Suzuki had Pacio in his control and he applied the rear-naked choke around the three-minute mark.
“Suzuki had the better position and he knew how to properly place his legs and arms to prevent me from moving,” said Pacio. “He knew how to position himself and that’s where he got me.”

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