Weekend round-up: Hazard on Spurs, QPR boss defends Polter and hails Ingram

first_imgA recap of the action during a weekend when Chelsea and Brentford both won by convincing margins, QPR were held at home, while Fulham suffered defeat to Nottingham Forest…Chelsea enjoyed a resounding win on the south coastBournemouth 1 Chelsea 4 Match report  Hiddink reaction  Player ratings Action: Eden Hazard’s first Premier League goals in almost a year and three assists from Cesc Fabregas inspired Chelsea to victory.Reaction: Afterwards, Blues boss Guus Hiddink said he sensed Hazard was getting his sharpness back prior to the win at Bournemouth.Chelsea could have a big say in the title race, with both Tottenham and Leicester having to come to Stamford Bridge – and Hazard admitted the Blues players knew who they would prefer to see lift the Premier League trophy.Blues man of the match: Fabregas’ outstanding performance caught the eye in a strong attacking team display – click here to see how we rated the players.Matt Smith scored only his second goal of the season.Fulham 1 Nottingham Forest 3Match report  Jokanovic reaction  Action: Matt Smith’s first goal since August was not enough to spark a Fulham comeback as they paid for a poor first half at Craven Cottage.Reaction: After this latest defeat, Whites head coach Slavisa Jokanovic promised a summer rebuilding programme to end the glut of goals his Fulham side are conceding.Meanwhile, Forest’s interim boss Paul Williams said his side were finally getting their reward for their hard work – and explained what changes he had made to the side since taking over.Lasse Vibe scored in the Bees’ win at MK Dons.MK Dons 1 Brentford 4 Match report   Action: Brentford romped to a fifth win in six games as they came from behind to confirm MK Dons’ relegation.Grant Hall has been excellent for QPR this season.QPR 1 Reading 1Match report  Hasselbaink reaction  Player ratings  Action: Grant Hall scored his first goal for QPR but it was not enough to give them victory at Loftus Road.Reaction: Afterwards, Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink defended Sebastian Polter after the striker’s late miss and spoke about the kind of players QPR need to sign for next season.The Dutchman also singled out three of his players for praise, predicting goalkeeper Matt Ingram would go on to be a Premier League player.Rangers man of the match: Ingram looked confident on his home debut – click here to see how we think the other R’s players fared.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Clover cover crop helping with weed control (so far)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After the trees are planted in the spring, a major source of summer labor on my family’s Christmas tree farm is weed control.Weeds can rob young trees of exposure to sunlight, moisture and nutrients. The first year of planting trees on the farm (many years ago) we did not emphasize weed control and lost nearly the entire crop.Since then my dad, brothers and I have spent countless hot, buggy, summer hours mowing between trees. This is most important in the youngest trees, which are also the easiest to mow off while riding on a mower. Imagine looking for an 8-inch tall tree in 8-foot tall weeds. Mowing takes considerable time and fuel and can also cause significant damage to larger trees by breaking branches and scarring the trunks. We do some spraying, which helps, but there are drawbacks and limits with that weed control method as well.As an experiment, we are trying a Dutch white clover cover crop planted ahead of tree planting. We have been told the Dutch white clover’s short stature and aggressive natureMowing between the trees is time consuming, costly and can lead to damaged or mowed-off trees. This is the first mowing of 2016 and the weeds are towering over the young seedings.This will likely need to be mowed 2-3 more times this year.smother weeds while allowing even the smallest trees exposure to the sun. The thick clover also holds in moisture, keeps the soil cooler and fixes nitrogen, all of which can benefit the trees.We seeded the clover in spring of 2015 for both the 2015 and 2016 tree crops. In the first year (last year) the clover got established, but the weeds still required regular mowing. This year, though, the clover seems to have really filled in and looks to be doing what it is supposed to do. So far, about the only plants competing with the clover are the dandelions, which are not a huge issue around the trees.The clover has the potential to save tremendous time and money if the clover eliminates the need for majority of the mowing and spraying. It could also really improve the quality and survival rate of the tree crop. I am very interested to see how the weed control holds up through the rest of the growing season and in coming years.last_img read more

Hizb was backed by JeI: Centre

first_imgA day after it banned the Jammu and Kashmir-based group Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) under the anti-terror law, the Centre said the organisation was responsible for the formation of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), the largest terrorist organisation active in the State. A senior Home Ministry official said the JeI had been providing all kinds of support to the HM in terms of recruits, funding, shelter, and logistics. “In a way, the HM is a militant wing of JeI (J&K),” the official said.The organisation was banned twice in the past — in 1975 for two years by the J&K government and in April 1990 by the MHA which continued till December, 1993. “JeI is the main organisation responsible for propagation of separatist and radical ideology in the Kashmir Valley,” said the official. “Jel has been pursuing the agenda of setting up an independent theocratic Islamic state by destabilising the government,” said the official.According to him, a sizeable section of JeI cadres overtly worked for militant organisations, especially HM. “Its cadres are actively involved in the subversive activities of HM by providing hideouts, and ferrying arms.” “The strong presence of HM in the area of influence of JeI is a clear reflection of separatist and radical ideology of the organisation,” the official said.last_img read more

FOXTEL ORIGIN COVERAGE REMINDER

first_imgThe coverage of the State of Origin Series takes in Game 3 of the Women’s Open and Game 2 of the Men’s Open competition between traditional rivals Queensland and New South Wales.The two States battled it out across 13 age divisions for Origin supremacy at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Sporting Complex on 4-5 August 2006.The games are shown in full, as opposed to the packaged highlights that screened on Channel Nine in September. The games will be repeated across the 3 Fox Sports channels during November, and once again in late December, so be sure to organise yourself and your friends to catch the Origin action on Fox Tel during the month.Please check Fox Tel electronic guides for updated screening times and programing.Screening Times for all States Women’s Game 3 –  Tuesday 28 November 2006:WA – 12.00amNT- 1.30 amQLD- 2.00 pmSA – 2.30 amNSW, ACT, VIC, TAS – 3.00 amScreening Times for all States Men’s Game 2 –  Wednesday 29 November 2006:WA- 12.00 amNT – 1.30 amQLD – 2.00 amSA- 2.30 amNSW, ACT, VIC,TAS – 3.00 amlast_img read more