Ajax knock out Juventus to enter first Champions League semifinal since 1997

first_imgAjax Amsterdam followed up their elimination of Real Madrid by producing a spell-binding display of inventive, passing football to win 2-1 away to Juventus on Tuesday and end the Serie A team’s dreams of winning the Champions League.Ajax’s 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt headed the winner from the corner in the 67th minute of the quarter-final second leg as the Dutch side came from behind to clinch a 3-2 aggregate win and reach the last four for the first time since 1996/97.Cristiano Ronaldo, aiming for a fourth successive Champions League title after winning the last three with Real Madrid, put Juventus ahead in the 28th minute with a typically emphatic header, his sixth goal of the competition.But Donny van de Beek levelled six minutes later before the visitors swept Juventus aside in the second half with wave after wave of attacks as they earned a semi-final against Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur.”Can we can go on to win the competition? Well, we are in the semi-finals now. And we have eliminated two of the favourites in the last two rounds. The next games will be very difficult, but so were these ones. So who knows?,” said De Ligt.Frenkie de Jong added: “We dominated after the break and were well worth our victory. In fact, we probably should have won by more.”Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana gave his team an early scare when his clearance was charged down by Emre Can but the rebound flew wide.Ajax settled well after that but, despite not playing well, Juventus went ahead when Ronaldo got away from the defenders to score the 126th Champions League goal of his career.advertisementThere was a long delay for the VAR review, the referee eventually going to the pitchside monitor with the ball back on the centre circle ready for the re-start, before the goal was confirmed.Ajax kept their cool and took six minutes to level, helped by a somewhat lucky break.Hakim Ziyech’s long-range shot hit a defender and fell perfectly for Van de Beek who, unmarked and onside, slotted the ball calmly past Wojciech Szczesny, and then had to wait for another long VAR check before the goal was confirmed.Ajax took complete control in the second half and their geometric passing repeatedly opened up the Juventus defence, which sorely missed injured veteran Giorgio Chiellini.Szczesny made one-handed save from Ziyech after Juventus were opened up again and then turned Van de Beek’s curling shot over for a corner.Juventus were rocking but, ironically, Ajax’s winner came from an old-fashioned header as De Ligt outjumped two defenders to score.Ajax had chances for further goals and Ronaldo’s frustration boiled over in stoppage time when he was booked for a lunging tackle from behind near the centre circle.Also Watch:last_img read more

How ParentingWeekly Drove Online CPMs Over 30

first_img“When someone registers on ParentingWeekly, we provide a panel of different offers and the technology collects the data and sends it to the advertiser,” says Zephrin Lasker, co-founder and CEO of Pontiflex.The publisher side requires placing a piece of Javascript. “I’m no Web engineer but I could place the code in the page and get it up and running,” says ParentingWeekly program manager Marlyss Bird. “It’s transparent, we’re not sneaking subscriber names in.”Participating Pontiflex advertisers include brands such as Kimblerly-Clark. Pontiflex operates on a cost-per-lead model. While it won’t reveal the range, Pontiflex pays the publisher for the lead, takes a markup on that, and then passes it along to the advertiser.CPMs have since rise to $31 on ParentingWeekly. “This is not displacing any existing placement, we’re treating this as ‘found money,’” says Bird. Ad networks are an easy way for publishers to generate ancillary revenue online, but the ubiquity of those same ad networks is also driving down the price of online advertising. Geo- and demographic-targeting is all the rage, but forcing ads on readers who haven’t requested them can alienate an audience quickly.ParentingWeekly, a registration-based online destination for expecting parents with an audience of more than 1.9 million, has teamed with Pontiflex, an e-mail and social acquisition platform, to leverage its sign-up advertising technology. Users are able to sign up directly within the ad, while staying on the ParentingWeekly site. The Pontiflex-enabled ads appear on the registration “thank you” pages, sweepstakes sections and on the “Steals and Deals” page. Users can receive additional information on the products.last_img read more

Cleveland has the fastest mobile download speeds

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 1 Mobile Tech Industry Internet 2:50 Share your voice Commentcenter_img Opensignal found that the fastest speeds were in the North and Northeast, rather than “the tech hubs of the West Coast.” Corinne Reichert/CNET Want the fastest mobile download speeds possible? Move to Cleveland.On networks in the 50 largest US cities, mobile analytics company Opensignal found that Cleveland provided about double the speeds of Oklahoma City, which came in last: 32.8 megabits per second versus 16.9Mbps. The top five fastest cities were Cleveland, Minneapolis, New York, Detroit and Pittsburgh, while the bottom five were Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; Riverside, California; San Antonio; and Oklahoma City. For its latest report, the company looked at smartphone users’ experiences on mobile networks from January through March of this year. State by state, Opensignal found that the fastest speeds were in the North and Northeast, rather than “the tech hubs of the West Coast.””California, home to both Silicon Valley and the movie industry, ranked just 19th in download speed experience while Washington state, home to Amazon and Microsoft’s HQs, ranked 16th,” the company noted Friday.screen-shot-2019-05-31-at-1-03-29-pmMobile speeds state by state Opensignal The fastest state was New Jersey, with speeds of almost 33Mbps, while bottom-ranked Mississippi is averaging speeds of just 12Mbps. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio, Minnesota and North Dakota were also highly ranked.On latency — the time it takes to load web pages using mobile networks — the top five major US cities were Baltimore, New York, Washington, Dallas and Philadelphia. The cities with the slowest latency were New Orleans; Kansas City; Nashville, Tennessee;   Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky; and Memphis, Tennessee, according to the report.With 5G coming in now, Opensignal said its next report will show exactly what difference the new networks make to download speeds.”Carriers will find it hard to sell 5G services unless 5G offers a better mobile network experience,” it said.Earlier this week CNET tested Sprint’s 5G speeds, and earlier this month, Verizon’s 5G speeds. AT&T’s 5G network is also live, while the first signs of T-Mobile’s 5G network in New York have appeared. Tags Is 5G coming to a city near you? 5Glast_img read more

Mayor chased for banner without Bangabandhus portrait

first_imgMap of MymensinghRuling Awami League activists chased the local mayor for not having Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s portrait on the banner during Victory Day celebrations in Muktagachha upazila of Mymensingh on Saturday.The incident took place at a flag hoisting ceremony and children’s parade to commemorate Victory Day at the Muktagachha pourashava square.Muktagachha municipal mayor Mohammed Shahidul Islam, a former general secretary of the upazila BNP, was elected on a BNP ticket.There was a Victory Day banner on the stage, but the banner had no picture of Bangabandhu. This caught the attention of the local Awami League leaders and activists.They demanded to know why he hadn’t used the picture of Bangabandhu, leading to an altercation and at one point the irate AL men attacked the mayor.He later took refuge in his office. The plastic chairs at the venue were damaged during the ruckus.After the incident, a number of local AL leaders, including former mayor Abdul Hai, held a press conference at the Muktagachha press club.They said that when they had asked why he hadn’t used Bangabandhu’s portrait on the banner, Shahidul Islam had replied that if Bangabandhu’s portrait was used, then Ziaur Rahman’s portraits would have to be used too.”Former mayor Abdul Hai told Prothom Alo, “The present mayor insulted Bangabandhu when asked why the portrait hadn’t been used. This angered the local Awami League activists and they went on a rampage, but I brought things under control.”In response, Shahidul Islam told Prothom Alo, “Every year Muktagachha pourashava celebrates Victory Day and Bangabandhu’s portrait is never on the banner. Even when Abdul Hai was the mayor, there was no portrait of Bangabandhu on the banner. After I became mayor, I just copied the banner used by the previous mayor, without Bangabandhu’s picture. This year suddenly they used the excuse of Bangabandhu’s picture being absent to confront me. I had to go back to my office. I did not insult Bangabandhu.”last_img read more