Ox Game rumbles into Industry

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! INDUSTRY – Eight men on horseback created a mosh pit of man and beast Saturday as several hundred people watched them compete for a 50-pound bag that closely resembled a burlap sack of potatoes. This was the scene at the Ox Game at the Industry Hills Expo Center in Industry, where the sport was played for the first time in the San Gabriel Valley. The L.A. Range Riders defeated Rough Stock 26-16. Wesley Devol, 74, of Encinitas brought members of his family the nearly 100-mile distance because they had heard so much about it. “It’s an interesting thing to watch,” said Devol, who is an experienced horseback rider. “I’ve been on a horse before but not like this. I don’t think I could now. I don’t think I could have years ago.” The object of the game is for oxboys – or horse riders – to pick up the ox bag from the center of the equestrian turf, carry it to one end of the arena and maneuver around a flag, worth one point, then travel to the opposite side of the playing field and drop it into a circle for a two-point touchdown. The game has four 12-minute quarters, with breaks between each quarter. During those breaks, with steam rising collectively from their horses like a row of automobiles with ruptured radiator hoses, the oxboys dust themselves off, retrieve their fallen baseball caps, readjust the tack on their steeds and ready for the next round. Jesse Gustelam, captain of the L.A. Range Riders who was named most valuable player of Saturday’s match, said he had never played anything like Ox Game before. “A lot of heart and a lot of power (are important). And not to be afraid,” he said. Ox Game, according to organizers, came from the sport Buzkashi, still played in Afghanistan, Mongolia and Asia 2,000 years after it was created. The ox bag was originally an animal carcass filled with rocks and sand. But in Buzkashi, there are no rules, and riders can introduce whips, chains, or use their horses to ram one another to win. This version is a bit tamer and safer, like arm wrestling compared to the WWE, but still a challenge. Riders still fall from their horses. “(In Afghanistan) they play with 40 to 50 horses,” said Sonny Amin, founder of Horse Ox USA Inc., who came to the United States from Afghanistan in 1979. “(Here) we have a system, referee, trainers. We want to make sure the horses are safe as well as the players.” He is hopeful that Ox Game will become the next hottest sport in America. “I would like to expose this scene all over California and all over the United States,” he said. lafayette.hight@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2764last_img read more

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U.K. budget includes new money for innovation

first_img£60 million for a new “Energy Research Accelerator” One of the old traditions when the annual government budget is released in the United Kingdom is for the chancellor of the exchequer to carry his speech to the House of Commons in a red briefcase. This year’s budget, announced yesterday, contained few surprises for researchers—the core science budget is planned over 5 years—but did yield more than £240 million of additional funding and some details about previously announced commitments.“It is great to see the chancellor putting additional money into innovation and recognizing the value of science,” says Naomi Weir, acting director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), an advocacy group in the United Kingdom, which remains concerned about the effects of inflation on the flat budget for core funding. The new money will be spent mostly on technology-related research, according to a statement from CaSE. Specifically:£100 million for R&D on driverless car technology £20 million for analysis of health data £12 million for a new Centre for Agricultural Informatics and Sustainability Metricscenter_img £11 million for technology incubators in Manchester, Leeds, and SheffieldThe 2015 budget also spells out how £538 million of previously announced funds will be spent. Of this, $400 million is intended for competitive awards for scientific infrastructure in 2020 and 2021. The remaining £138 million goes to research hubs on infrastructure and cities.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) £40 million for R&D on the Internet of Thingslast_img read more

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