"When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible." Unknown The Iowa State Cyclones and their staff circled around with their hands intertwined and heads held high, as head coach Paul Rhoads stood in front of his victorious team fresh off a 9-7 win over Nebraska.The choked up words from Rhoad's mouth just barely managed to slip out, but these simple words were enough to give any true college football fan instant chills: "I am so proud."Player's singing a fight song new to the ears of many, chants of "I State.. However, one very important part of the game seems to sometimes go unnoticed compared to the 40 times, violent hits, and rushing yards-passion.Passion is a combination of pride, motivation, and determination all compiled into one term. Without this single term, a team has nothing to play for, and therefore, is nothing.Without this trait, a team is nothing more than a group of talented football players. Passion is what makes that same group victors, champions, Heisman trophy winners, and successful players.Playing with just that, the Cyclones believed in themsevles enough to beat the Cornhuskers for the first time in Lincoln since 1977.Why is Tim Tebow so great at what he does Watching him, you wouldn't come to an instant conclusion based solely on his athletic skill that he is a Heisman trophy winner and a two-time national champion.Instead, look inside the locker room and you find a player with a heart that defines the word passion itself.Being a Notre Dame fan, I have seen another meaning of passion week in and week out with each passing, last-minute victory by my Irish. This football season has taken it's toll on me and each week has become a stressful adventure which has directed my attention to the win and loss column rather than the true meaning of why I am a fan of this game.Blind to the fact that my team possessed a great amount of this important piece to the puzzle, I've watched Jimmy Clausen march down the field with Tebow-like leadership and have been more interested in the final outcome than the love my team has for this game, their coach, and their team, much like the Cyclones of Iowa State.I've seen plenty of post-game celebrations , but none had a greater impact on me than Saturday's scene from the vistor's locker room in Lincoln.It reminded me of a message that I seemed to had forgotten somewhere between the stats, analysis, and publishing articles-football is a beautiful game and the best on this fine planet.Thank you, Cyclones .
FISD Policy Best Practice Recommendations Address Derived Data, Non-DisplayUsage of Data, and Internal Data UsageWASHINGTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The Financial InformationServices Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (FISD)today announced the release of two Best Practice Recommendations that addressseveral important policy areas related to the usage and distribution ofreal-time market information.Compliance with distribution and usage policies for multiple market datasources is a significant burden on the market data industry. FISD membershiphas created these (and other) best practice guidelines to encourage moreuniform policy approaches among content providers and exchanges. While FISDbest practice recommendations are not binding on exchanges or other contentproviders, they do provide a balanced model that these information sources canemulate.The FISD Best Practice Recommendations for Internal Administrative Data Usagesuggests guidelines for content providers' fee liability policies fordistributors using market data for internal administrative and supportpurposes such as sales and marketing, training, systems development andcustomer support.The complete document is available on the FISD website at"Our Working Group members recognized the wide range of disparate exchangepolicies regarding these types of usage and the resulting confusion andinefficiencies created as a result.We're optimistic that this document willhelp to improve understanding of the issues and encourage consistency amongthe policies of content providers going forward," stated Andrew McLean, VicePresident of Third Party Content with Interactive Data Corporation.In addition to the Best Practice Recommendations, the FISD Working Group ishelping to enhance the transparency of exchanges' existing policies bypublishing a matrix of current exchange policies on the FISD website.FISDmembers can now view this information at http:// FISD Best Practice Recommendations for Derived Data and Non-DisplayApplications suggests guidelines for policy treatment for the use of marketdata in non-display applications and to create derived data products.Thecomplete document can be viewed on the FISD website at"We fully endorse the work led by FISD to establish best practice principlesand guidance for market data policy.Specifically, we welcome any initiativesthat allow end users to understand market data providers' existing policiesand consider the publication of the Best Practices Recommendations documentand a matrix of policies to be an excellent way forward," noted Rafah Hanna,Head of MTS Data with EuroMTS.Tom Davin, Managing Director of FISD, added, "These two documents are a greatexample of the value that FISD provides to the market data community.EachFISD Best Practice Recommendation is created by a working group comprised ofthe full spectrum of our diverse membership and therefore the documentrepresents the true consensus of the broad industry. Our staff and theseworking group members will now focus on educating the industry regarding theserecommendations and will work to promote their adoption."About FISDThe Financial Information Services Division (FISD) of the Software andInformation Industry Association provides a neutral business forum forexchanges, market data vendors, specialist data providers, brokerage firms,investment managers and banks to address and resolve business and technicalissues related to the distribution, management, administration and use ofmarket data. Participants use the forum to exchange ideas, build businessrelationships and improve the business climate associated with the worldwideflow of financial information.
For more information, visit About SIIAThe Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal tradeassociation for the software and digital content industry. SIIA providesglobal services in government relations, business development, corporateeducation and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leadingsoftware and information companies For further information, visit GUANTANAMO BAY U.S NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - A U.S. U.S. CubaObama has pledged to shut down the Guantanamo prison camp that was widely seen as a stain on the United States' human rights record and a symbol of detainee abuse and detention without charge under the Bush administration.If Obama signs a draft order obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, the prison camp would close within a year.Hours after taking office on Tuesday, Obama ordered prosecutors in the Guantanamo court to ask for a 120-day halt in all pending cases.
He asked for time to review the cases and decide what forum best suits any future prosecution.The move freezes proceedings against 21 prisoners at least until late May but was viewed by defense lawyers as the death knell for the special tribunals that the Bush administration established at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in southeast Cuba.Self-confessed September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants objected to the delay. They had said in previous hearings that they wanted to plead guilty to the mass murder charges that could result in their execution for the hijacked plane attacks in 2001 that killed nearly 3,000 people.But military prosecutors said it should be up to the president to decide whether to continue his predecessor's policies.Another Guantanamo judge halted the case against young Canadian captive Omar Khadr, who was captured at age 15 and is accused of murdering a U.S. soldier with a grenade during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2002."The practical effect of today's ruling is to pronounce the military commissions process dead," said his lawyer, Navy Lt Cmdr. William Kuebler, referring to the trials by their formal name.Khadr, now 22, is the last citizen of a Western nation held at Guantanamo. His lawyers have argued that he was a child soldier conscripted by his late father, an al Qaeda financier, and that any prosecution should take place in the regular U.S. or Canadian courts.FEW TRIALS TOOK PLACEHuman rights activists and military defense lawyers had urged Obama to halt the special tribunals and move the prosecutions into the regular U.S.