0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann was heavily linked with a move in the close season, but with Atletico Madrid under a transfer ban, signed a new contract to stay until 2022LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 9 – Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann is said to be asking for as much as Sh55mn (£400,000)-a-week to join Manchester United.With Barcelona also said to be chasing the France international, Griezmann is reported to have significantly upped his salary demands should be sign for Jose Mourinho’s team. It is believed that United offered Griezmann a Sh40mn (£290,000) per week pay package ahead of the current season.With the January transfer window in full swing, there has once again been plenty of speculation around the striker’s future and according to a source from within Manchester United, the Frenchman would consider an Old Trafford move, if he gets what he wants.“The goalposts have moved significantly since the first attempt to sign Griezmann,” the source told the Sun.“The package offered last year which was agreed is now a lot less than what he wants next summer.“It might be too much even for us to afford. The club is desperate to sign him but it is an awful lot of money.“His people are making different demands which the club might be reluctant to give in to.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Can a hopping parrot tell you what life used to be like as a dinosaur?Sam Wong thinks so. At New Scientist, he titles his article, “Hopping miniature parrots suggest how birds first got airborne.” That sounds like a testable hypothesis. Let’s all hop like the birdies hop, and see if we evolve wings. Wong easily wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week for his opening just-so story:You have to jump before you can fly. A species of tiny parrot saves energy by hopping from branch to branch when foraging – a skill that may have helped bird ancestors to first get off the ground. These small birds hop between branches up to 30 times a minute, gaining propulsion from their legs and adding a few wingbeats to extend their range. A new study shows they do this in ways that minimise energy requirements, and suggests bird-like dinosaurs might have benefited from the technique too.Surely there must be some experimental evidence for this, if it is in New Scientist instead of New Mythmaker. And there is. Wong cites work by Diana Chin at Stanford who measured the forces on the legs and wings of young parrots as they hopped and flapped from perch to perch over various distances. To save energy, she noticed, they only use their wings when they have to. In good scientific fashion, Chin thinks of applications to robotics from her work.But what does this have to do with evolution?For clues, let’s examine the paper in Scientific Advances to see if Chin and her colleage David Lentink connect the dots. Does she identify beneficial mutations that were acted upon by natural selection? Do the two also do this for insects, bats and pterosaurs, to see if similar hopping initiated powered flight?Birds frequently hop and fly between tree branches to forage. To determine the mechanical energy trade-offs of their bimodal locomotion, we rewarded four Pacific parrotlets with a seed for flying voluntarily between instrumented perches inside a new aerodynamic force platform. By integrating direct measurements of both leg and wing forces with kinematics in a bimodal long jump and flight model, we discovered that parrotlets direct their leg impulse to minimize the mechanical energy needed to forage over different distances and inclinations. The bimodal locomotion model further shows how even a small lift contribution from a single proto-wingbeat would have significantly lengthened the long jump of foraging arboreal dinosaurs. These avian bimodal locomotion strategies can also help robots traverse cluttered environments more effectively.That’s basically the same Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week dressed up in Jargonwocky. In the paper, the perhapsimaybecouldness index rises when Chin and Lentink visualize ancient dinosaurs trying to fly:This visually guided feeding behavior in cluttered habitats not only is critical to the energetics of many extant birds but also was likely used by avian precursors….Understanding the biomechanics of perch-to-perch foraging flights can therefore help mechanistically underpin how protobirds could have honed their foraging flight skills, and fill critical gaps in our understanding of the energetics of extant arboreal birds.…by investing more energy into locomotion, these proto-fliers could have expanded their foraging volumes in trees and gained critical advantages over competitors.Regardless of how flapping flight evolved, extending long jumps with proto-wingbeats to increase foraging gain provides a self-reinforcing, gradual path through which protobirds could have honed their flight skills.If birds “honed their flight skills” by use and disuse, that’s a Lamarckian just-so story instead of a Darwinian just-so story. Both explanations have one thing in common: they are just-so stories.This peer-reviewed scientific paper, published by the AAAS and gushed on by Sam Wong, shows that evolutionists have learned nothing since Ken Dial’s old Partridge Family story (see 12/22/03). In fact, Ken Dial’s original 2003 paper appears in the references, along with his 2011 update (6/26/11).For relief from the stupidity of Darwinian storytelling, watch the Illustra Media film Flight: The Genius of Birds. See also Jonathan Wells’ updated book on the icons of evolution, Zombie Science, which includes new information on Archaeopteryx and feathered dinosaurs. (Visited 528 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Part of what your prospective client is trying to gauge from your sales interactions is what it’s going to be like to work with you and your company. You can help them feel what that’s going be like by giving the experience of engaging with your operations team early in their buying cycle.Sharing Situational KnowledgeYou may have an excellent command of how your company creates value for your clients, but your operations team’s knowledge can make you look like a neophyte. Talk about situational knowledge. The people that do much of the real work delivering whatever it is you sell have been on the receiving end of every problem, every challenge, and every unique request. They have a profound understanding of what it takes to give your clients what they want.Listening to you talk about what your company does can be persuasive. But if you want to give your dream client the experience of working with you and your company, bringing the star players from your operations team can give them an even more convincing experience.When your prospective client asks about some not-so-hypothetical situation, your savvy team member’s deep knowledge can create an equally deep connection. They won’t share theory; they’ll tell your prospective client a story about what they’ve actually done.Much of the time, your star operations people can shape the client’s needs by sharing ideas about what’s working for them in serving other clients with similar needs. They can also warn your prospective client about the dangers and pitfalls they’ll run into by making certain choices. This situational knowledge can make them seriously effective salespeople.Your dream client is going to be working with your team, and allowing them to see, hear, and feel what that is like can build confidence and trust.A Deeper UnderstandingThe other benefit of bringing your team on early buying cycle sales calls is that they get a chance to hear the client explain what they want. Your team doesn’t get your version (in some cases, half forgotten) of what they client needs as their outcome.Engaging with your dream client in the early stage of the client’s buying cycle allows your team to help build the right solution. You hear what your client wants as a salesperson; your operations team hears it as the people charged with executing.Bringing your operations team in early eliminates some of the problems you encounter once you start implementing your solution by giving them a jump on what’s it really going to take to take care of your prospect once they become your client.Taking your operations team on sales calls can give your dream client the confidence to choose you over your competitors. It can also give your team a running start on executing for your clients once you are chosen.QuestionsWhat value can your operations team create during sales calls?How do they benefit from hearing your client talk about their challenges and expectations?What are the risks of bringing your operations team on your sales calls with you?How do you minimize any risks?