Institute and Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP Solicitors Announce Legal Seminar Partnership

first_imgInstitute and Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP Solicitors Announce Legal Seminar Partnership AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Institute of Fundraising (‘Institute’) and Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP (‘BWB’) are to partner to deliver three half-day seminars focusing on the key legal issues surrounding fundraising practice. The seminars, taking place between 6th May and 1st July, will provide updates on current regulations and speakers include a mix of solicitors and fundraising practitioners.The workshops are composed of practical and advisory sessions and will be concluded with an interactive panel session during which delegates will be able to ask questions. At each event attendees will be shown how to apply theory to fundraising practice.The three partnership conferences are:– Event Fundraising Legalities – Tuesday 6 May;– Working with Corporates – Tuesday 17 June;– Data Protection and Security – Tuesday 1 July.At Event Fundraising Legalities, BWB will provide an overview of the legal issues which impact on fundraising events, including challenge events. Working with Corporates will provide information on the new commercial participator statements, Gift Aid, VAT, sponsorship and affinity arrangements whilst Data Protection and Security will tackle all the key issues surrounding data protection and security, from acquiring and managing, to outsourcing and sharing data.Kirsty Thomson, Head of Events at the Institute of Fundraising, says:“These seminars will provide vital legal advice and best practice updates from both solicitors and fundraising experts.“Continuous fundraising success goes hand in hand with the law: complying with tax, health and safety, insurance, data protection and other rules and regulations can make or break your fundraising activities.”Rosamund McCarthy at Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP comments:“We are delighted to be able to partner with the Institute of Fundraising in delivering this seminar series about legal developments and issues in fundraising.“A sound understanding of the legal issues relating to fundraising is essential to ensure good fundraising practice and success.”Speakers at the seminars include Sarah Fitzer, the Confectioners Benevolent Fund; Tom Warman, Barnardo’s; Ruth Ruderham, Friends of the Earth and Megan Pacey, Institute of Fundraising.For further details about the Institute of Fundraising and Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP seminar programme, visit INFORMATIONFor media queries:Diana MackieTel: 020 7840 1027/ 07793 802 852Institute of Fundraisingemail: [email protected] WoodcockTel: 020 7551 7824Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLPemail: [email protected] TO EDITORS1. Institute of FundraisingThe Institute of Fundraising’s ( mission is to support fundraisers, through leadership, representation, standards setting and education, to deliver excellent fundraising. Members are supported through training, networking, the dissemination of best practice and representation on issues that affect the fundraising environment. The Institute of Fundraising is the largest individual representative body in the voluntary sector with 4500 Individual members and 280 Organisational members2. Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLPBates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP ( is recognised as the leading charity and social enterprise law firm in the country. Based in the City, the firm acts for a wide range of charitable and voluntary organisations and advises on charity law, property, employment, litigation, intellectual property, immigration and commercial matters. The Charity & Social Enterprise team of 27 is the largest in the country and is involved heavily in lecturing and writing. Tagged with: Events Institute of Fundraising Howard Lake | 1 April 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

COLUMN: Trojans put up pathetic showing

first_imgIt’s only fitting for this year’s Trojan team to have heard boos rain down from the Coliseum in what was once predicted to be a cakewalk. Instead, the most unpredictable squad in recent memory turned in a dismal performance, as they got outplayed in all three phases of the game.USC’s loss to Washington was nothing but disappointing. Coming off a bye week with over 10 days since their blowout win over Arizona State, the well-rested Trojans should have come out sharp and fresh and dominated Steve Sarkisian’s former Huskies team.Contradicting the famous words of former Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green, the Trojans aren’t the team I thought they were. Quite frankly, they’re the most inconsistent team I’ve had the misfortune of covering.Sarkisian’s team came out slow, rusty and undisciplined — absolutely unacceptable after so much time off to fine tune areas that needed improvement and to get players healthy.It’s a shame that the Trojans can never just make it easy on themselves. Staring down a few ranked opponents in the coming weeks, USC had the opportunity to pick up where they left off against the Sun Devils. The team could have come out, strung together a few scoring drives, forced a few turnovers and taken Washington and their freshman quarterback, playing in his Pac-12 road opener, out of the game.That’s in a perfect world, though — one that USC doesn’t live in.Their redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler set a dim tone early when he threw an uncharacteristic pick on USC’s opening drive of the game. He would go on to throw another one two drives later.It doesn’t help Kessler’s cause, though, that he was sacked on the first play of the game and was later forced to extend one play with his feet by evading pass rushers in the back of his own end zone.Protection and penalties had been two of USC’s greatest issues going into the game and neither of them got any better against the Huskies.Eight penalties for a total of 62 yards allowed sacks that resulted in poor field position for the Trojans throughout the game. A pathetic one-for-13 on third down isn’t going to get it done. To add insult to injury, stalwart center Max Tuerk went down with a knee sprain, leaving a massive void in the heart of the Trojans line.All night, offensive coordinator Clay Helton appeared to be trying to force the issue to Adoree’ Jackson. Normally this wouldn’t be problematic, but the plays were exclusively focused toward the sideline, giving Jackson little room to operate. Where were the drag routes and middle screens that were so effective against Arizona State?The Washington defense had clearly scouted the Trojans, as they were prepared for the bubble screens to the edges of the field and snuffed them out on a regular basis. It’s mystifying why the team was unable to make any adjustments at halftime when this fact was readily apparent to all of the fans in the Coliseum.Not all of the blame can be placed at the feet of the coaching staff. Right from the start, Kessler appeared afraid. His penchant for perfectionism is admirable when things are going well, but the game against Washington was another example of Kessler’s mind getting in the way of his considerable talents. Though he threw downfield infrequently, when he did it looked as if he was forcing throws, aiming the ball instead of letting it flow.The loss couldn’t come at a worse time for the Trojans as they now enter the toughest three-week stretch of the season. This type of effort won’t hold up against the likes of Notre Dame, California or Utah.Maybe the loss will ignite something in this year’s Trojans squad and compel them to play with a passion that was noticeably absent for most of the Washington game.It’s five games into the season and there are more questions than answers in the second year of Sarkisian’s tenure.The next few weeks will demonstrate if Sarkisian can truly coach and lead a team that is once again facing a mountain of adversity going forward. Will he be able to rally his team to live up to preseason expectations or will this be another year in which the Trojans squander their immense potential? Only time will tell.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Helping hand for mothers, newborns

first_img17 July 2013 Watching your sick child lying helplessly in a hospital is not easy for any mother – let alone having to spend nights on a hard, unsympathetic hospital bench. This has been the life of 28-year-old mother Zanele Mkhize from Kingsway in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, since her arrival at the Far East Rand Hospital after her nine-year-old daughter was admitted for burn injuries. Since the paediatric ward only accommodates sick children admitted at the hospital, Mkhize and other mothers are forced to sleep on the hospital benches as they are unable to travel to and from the hospital on a daily basis due to financial constraints. Some of the mothers are breastfeeding and have to be close to their babies most of the time. “I’ve brought my blanket, but sleeping on the bench is very painful, not to mention the cold at night, but I have to because I don’t have money to come to the hospital [daily]”, Mkhize told SAnews. On Tuesday, Mkhize shed tears of joy as she and other mothers entered the hospital’s new Mother’s Lodge and Paediatric Step-down Facility, opened by Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo. The facility is a collaborative effort by the government, mining company Lonmin, the local community and the hospital. Lonmin invested R800 000 for the 18 beds at the Mother’s Lodge, where breastfeeding mothers as well as mothers like Mkhize will now be able to sleep over. The lodge includes a kitchen and a lounge area. The Divhani Rasanova Paediatric Step-down Facility has a doctor’s room, store room, bathroom, medical area, changing area, play area as well as a reading area. The facility will at any time accommodate an average of 450 mothers on a rotational basis. The facility is a place for newborn babies admitted at the hospital for long periods whose mothers cannot afford to commute to and from the hospital daily, as well as those without family support. It will assist in strengthening the quality of paediatric services in the province. Handing over the facility on Tuesday, Papo commended Lonmin for identifying the area of need and entering into a partnership with the department to meet the need. Hospital CEO Dr Lekopane Mogaladi recalled that when he arrived at the hospital in February, there were no mattresses and mothers were sleeping on the floor. “The look on their faces touched me and made me wonder if I was in their situation, how would I have survived,” Mogaladi said. “The facility is a challenge for me and the management to further ensure that services across the entire institution do not bedevil the confidence shown by our partners. We can only turn for the better from here.” Mogaladi added that he hoped the promises made by his colleagues including the social workers to engage mothers in activities would be kept. Dr Marie Vermaak, Lonmin’s senior manager for health, said her company “acknowledges and supports the role of mothers and women in our company and our society, and we are happy to be able to assist the women of the communities served by the hospital.” The hospital was established in 1900 and forms part of the Ekurhuleni Sedibeng region, where new and informal settlements alone account for one-million people, many of whom rely on the hospital for their healthcare. Source: read more

YouTube Networks: An Inside Look At Their Unsavory Business Practices

first_imgRay William Johnson, the world’s most successful YouTuber, announced he is leaving his signed network Maker Studios earlier this week via video. The news sent the YouTube-o-sphere abuzz with gossip as both Johnson and Maker Studios are citing wildly different reasons for his departure. Almost everyone believes Johnson’s side of the story, however, because most YouTube networks have earned a nasty rep for screwing their talent out of money and other unsavory business practices.    YouTube and its roughly 200 or so networks may be the new “new media,” but their way of doing business is very “old Hollywood” – meaning young talent is scooped up, and more often than not, taken advantage of because they don’t know enough to read the fine print or hire a lawyer. It’s been happening for years, and it’s become one of the most common complaints coming from YouTubers.  Why YouTubers Join NetworksYouTubers are eager to join networks for a variety of reasons, either because the network promises production assistance, management, agents and other resources, help contacting YouTube over site issues or securing higher advertising rates. In return, networks take anywhere from 30% to 50% of revenue generated by the video content. If that cut seems high to you, you’re not alone.The Fine Brothers, creators of the hit YouTube series “Kids/Teens/Elders React,” have a well known anti-network stance, especially when it comes to how much of a cut networks are taking. (They believe it shouldn’t be more than 10%). “We’ve seen too many people taken advantage of,” said the duo in a recent phone interview.Like the VlogBrothers, The Fine Brothers are older than the average YouTuber, and have adopted a “kind uncle” persona where younger YouTubers email them for advice, or in this case, to complain about unfair network contracts.  Widespread Complaints“The worst networks are the ones that have been here the earliest,” said Benny Fine. “A lot of things happened in the early days that are very disappointing – basically, networks try their best to get the worst contracts out.”   One of the best-known examples of unsavory YouTube network business practices brought to the Fine Brothers’ attention concerned the “perpetuity clauses” in contracts teen YouTubers signed without realizing that “perpetuity” means “for life.” This led to bad press earlier this year for Machinima, the first network on the YouTube scene, when partners tried to leave the network only to be told they couldn’t, because they had signed on for life. (According to a brief in-person interview with Machinima recruiter Zach Boone at this year’s VidCon, Machinima no longer offers perpetuity contracts.)“It’s not just Machinima,” charged Rafi Fine. “Every single network has multiple stories, but people are too fearful to speak out –  there’s a lot of fear tactics keeping people silent, even blackmailing” added Fine.YouTuber and fellow mentor like the Fine and VlogBrothers, gamer Bachir Boumaaza aka Athene Wins on YouTube, grew so distraught with all the complaints received from “15 and 16 year old YouTubers being misled” that he created the Union for Gamers, a website, community and network known as Curse as an alternative, to Machinima, for gamer-centric YouTubers.“Contracts are getting more and more aggressive,” said Boumaaza in a Skype interview earlier this year. “It’s not very healthy for the artist –  it stifles creativity, and it backfires, because the artists don’t want to make videos anymore.” Boumaaza touted Curse as offering the best rates for its partners at the time. But Curse was shut down by Google immediately after the search giant invested $35 million in Machinima earlier this year, which resulted in the fledgling network hemorrhaging thousands of dollars a day for a month. Curse was eventually saved when it was acquired by Maker Studios.Why Johnson Left Maker Studios In Johnson’s case, the issue was less of the network trying to take advantage of him (Johnson is a Columbia University graduate that was preparing to study law before his YouTube career took off) as it was Maker Studios trying to overstep its original contract agreement. In response to New Media Rockstars founder Benny Luo, Johnson tweeted he is leaving Maker Studios because the network and production company “suddenly insisted on owning part of =3 [intellectual property],” =3 being his hit show. When Johnson refused to give Maker Studios ownership, Maker Studios stopped production of Johnson’s Your Favorite Martian album, which was scheduled to come out later in 2012. The halting of his album was the last straw for Johnson, it seems.    Maker Studios, however, is saying that because of a decline in viewership (which appears to be directly related to the redesigned YouTube layout that drove down viewership for everyone), “it made sense for him to go back to producing the show himself,” and stated employing “a full production staff of 12 people including a team of writers no longer was a viable option.”Johnson countered on Twitter saying his departure had “nothing to do with =3 viewership, and I’m not sure why their PR person is saying that.” Indeed, many in the YouTube community are perplexed by Maker Studios’ statement: If Johnson, the top YouTuber and first user to become a millionaire, isn’t profitable enough for Maker Studios, then who is?Others were less surprised by the news, including popular YouTuber and businessman Philip DeFranco, who wrote in a Facebook comment, “I was wondering if/when [Maker Studios] would overstep their relationship with Ray” adding, “[h]onestly I’m surprised to hear that he doesn’t own part of Maker.”  DeFranco is signed with Revision3, one of the few networks without bad press or contract disputes to its name. In fact, the Fine Brothers just signed with Revision3 last month after a year of negotiations with more than 10 networks. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags: #Google#web#YouTube Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting fruzsina eordogh 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Texas Defensive Coordinator Vance Bedford Shouts Out The Fan That Made Texas Recruiting Video

first_imgTexas Longhorns players holding flagsAUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: Running back Fozzy Whittaker #2 and safety Nate Boyer #37 of the Texas Longhorns carry the American flags as the team takes the field before the NCAA football game against the BYU Cougars on September 10, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas defeated BYU 17-16. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)This week, a University of Texas football fan named Trevor Thomas put together a hype video illustrating why top high school prospects should choose to play for Texas. Included in the background narration for the video was an excerpt of Longhorn defensive coordinator Vance Bedford speaking about the program.It looks like Thomas’ effort did not go unnoticed by Vance Bedford, who shouted him out earlier today.To the fan who put together the recruiting video, the longhorn nation thanks you. Write me back— Vance Bedford (@CoachBedfordUT) January 31, 2015Not sure if Thomas ever did get back to Bedford, but it’s cool that the coach gave him some recognition. Texas has been on a recruiting roll lately and will look to ride that momentum into National Signing Day on Wednesday.last_img read more

Sam Simons Charity Legacy Lives On With Launch Of Charitable Giving Foundation

first_imgThe estate of long time animal lover and philanthropist, Sam Simon, today announced the formation of The Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation and a $1 million grant to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).Best known as the co-creator of The Simpsons, Simon was also an outspoken opponent of the mistreatment of animals, and he was committed to serving underprivileged communities by providing access to the resources and opportunities that individuals need to reach their full potential. Simon’s foundation will fund efforts to improve the treatment and welfare of animals, prioritizing support for animals in captivity. The foundation will also support programs that provide pathways out of poverty by increasing access to education and employment in underserved communities in the Los Angeles region.“Sam was deeply committed to philanthropy throughout his lifetime, and his legacy of giving lives on through the Foundation’s work championing both human and animal rights,” said Julie Miller of the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation.PETA added, “Knowing that the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation has committed to supporting our work for animals and their guardians reminds us of Sam’s generosity and allows us to make Sam’s wishes keep coming true far into the future.”The $1 million grant will be used for programs Sam supported during his lifetime. Funding will support PETA’s work to build empathy for animals through educational exhibits targeted towards young adults and children; the Sam Simon Animal Rescue Fund, an initiative responsible for quickly transporting a variety of animals from unsafe and cruel environments and placing them in sanctuaries, homes, or other shelters; cruelty investigations, which will focus on the entertainment industry and animal agriculture; and lastly the Sam Simon Investigations and Rescue Matching Challenge, an online fundraising initiative to generate new donors to PETA.To learn more about the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation, click here.last_img read more

China says foreign concerns over Muslim rights unwarranted

first_imgBEIJING — China said Thursday that 15 foreign ambassadors, including the envoy from Canada, exceeded their diplomatic roles by issuing a letter expressing concern about the incarceration of hundreds of thousands of members of the country’s Muslim minorities in re-education camps.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a daily briefing that it would be “problematic” if the diplomats were attempting to put pressure on local authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, where the detentions have taken place.Hua said the letter violated the terms of the Vienna Convention governing diplomatic relations and that the ambassadors should not “interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.”“As ambassadors, they are supposed to play positive roles in promoting mutual understanding, mutual trust and co-operation … rather than making unreasonable requests to the countries where they are based,” Hua said.She said the letter issued this week and reportedly spearheaded by Canada was based on hearsay, despite widely distributed reports from detainees, relatives and officials documenting the sweeping and seemingly arbitrary detentions.Inmates and relatives say the camps impose military-style discipline and punishments and force detainees to renounce their religion and culture while swearing fealty to President Xi Jinping and the ruling Communist Party.Asked about the letter, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he had “highlighted the questions and concerns that we have” surrounding the issue in his bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore.“Canada will continue to look for ways to advance and promote human rights in partnership with our likeminded allies everywhere around the world,” Trudeau said at a news conference Thursday.The letter to the Chinese government has not been made public, but the Reuters news agency said it was signed by 15 Western ambassadors, including the Canadian, British, French, Swiss, European Union, German, and Australian envoys.Diplomats from the countries named in the report either did not reply to requests for confirmation or said they had no comment.Hua’s comments came as a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is bringing a measure to urge President Donald Trump to help Chinese Muslims respond to the crackdown.The legislation would urge Trump to condemn “gross violations” of human rights in Xinjiang, where the U.N. estimates that as many as 1 million Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities are being held in arbitrary detention.It would also support an existing push for sanctions against Xinjiang Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo and other officials under the Magnitsky Act, which prevents foreign officials from entering the U.S. and freezes any assets they have in U.S. banks.Other sanctions raised for consideration by the act include a ban on sales of U.S.-made goods or services to Xinjiang state agents such as those that could be used for surveillance and suppression.Chinese authorities have denied that the internment camps exist, but say petty criminals are sent to “employment training centres.” The Xinjiang government has revised regulations to officially permit the use of “education and training centres” to reform “people influenced by extremism.”The rules direct the centres to teach the Mandarin language, occupational and legal education, as well as “ideological education, psychological rehabilitation and behaviour correction.”Xinjiang’s native Uighur and Kazakh ethnic groups are culturally, religiously and linguistically distinct from China’s Han majority and the region has been home to a low-intensity rebellion against rule from Beijing. Many of the region’s natives say their culture is under threat from Chinese policies aiming to assimilate them and that they face disadvantages in education and employment from Han migrants from other parts of China.Members of the Muslim Hui ethnic group — culturally and linguistically closer to the Han — have also been ensnared in the campaign that has drawn comparisons to Mao Zedong’s radical 1966-76 Cultural Revolution.Also on Thursday, China’s Cabinet released a report entitled “Protection and Development of Xinjiang Culture,” that stressed the importance of adopting Mandarin Chinese among ethnic groups and referred to their Islamic faith as “religious culture.”“Xinjiang adheres to the historical tradition of the Sinosization of religion and actively adapts religion to socialist society,” the report said.___McNeil reported from Singapore.Christopher Bodeen And Sam McNeil, The Associated Presslast_img read more

‘Further Mayapuri sealing after assessing law & order situation’

first_imgNEW DELHI: Two days after the Delhi High Court directed a stay on further sealing at Mayapuri till the next hearing, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee on Wednesday observed that after assessing law and order situation any further sealing will happen. The DPCC also said that they will follow HC and NGT order on the matter. “DPCC is committed to enforcing all directions of NGT and Judicial Courts and taking effective steps for controlling pollution in Delhi,” noted a statement.”The sealing operations were hampered by the outbreak of violence. SDM Delhi Cantt. and DC West Zone (SDMC)/ Nodal Officer STF have informed that further decision on sealing operations may be taken after assessing the law and order situation,” a DPCC press statement noted. It added that five teams for undertaking the sealing operations on were constituted, consisting of officials from Revenue Department, MCD, Delhi Police and DPCC. “DPCC has issued directions to SDMC, DSIIDC, Delhi Police and Divisional Commissioner to take necessary action to remove encroachments and to close illegal dismantling unit immediately so as to comply with directions of NGT,” it noted. It added that In compliance of the directions passed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) DPCC had issued an order constituting Special Task Force (STF) headed by Deputy Commissioner, West Zone of South DMC. “Nodal officer of the survey team was SDM , Delhi Cantt. As per the survey, 85 to 95 % occupiers were found engaged in commercial activity and it was observed that illegal activities were taking place on public land or roads, directly or indirectly in connivance of the occupiers thereby causing health hazard and extreme pollution in the area,” noted the statement. DPCC has issued closure directions and got physically sealed 24 industrial units out of total 47 which were operating without valid consent to operate from DPCC, irrespective of the fact whether they were involved in illegal vehicle scrapping inside or outside their premises. Clashes broke out between locals in Delhi’s Mayapuri and police officials during a drive to seal illegal scrap factories following an NGT order on Sunday.last_img read more

Metro services to start at 4 am on polling day

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Metro train services will begin from 4 am, two hours earlier than regular timing, on May 12 so that the staff deployed for election duty can avail the facility for travelling, officials said Thursday.DMRC train services otherwise begin at 6 am. “On the day of the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi on Sunday, May 12, the Delhi Metro train services on all lines will start from 4 am, so that the staff deployed for election duty can avail the facility,” the DMRC said in a statement. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe trains will run with a frequency of 30 minutes on all the lines till 6 am. Later, metro trains will run as per the normal Sunday timetable throughout the day, it said. However, trains on the Blue Line, going from Dwarka Sector 21 towards Vaishali, will begin operations at 4:30 am. Delhi Metro’s current span is 373 km and 271 stations, including the Noida-Greater Noida Aqua Line, and its average daily ridership is about 30 lakh.last_img read more

Ohio State womens volleyball season ends in NCAA loss

Just like that, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team’s season is over. After sweeping Notre Dame, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Lexington, Ky., the No. 14 Buckeyes were dropped at the hands of a No. 14 Kentucky team playing in their own backyard. In the second round of the tournament, the Wildcats (22-10) outlasted OSU, 3-1, Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington.. The Buckeyes, who finished the year with a 23-11 mark, killed and aced their way to a 25-18 victory in the contest’s first set, though they didn’t seem able to carry such momentum. In what might have felt like a back-and-forth period, Kentucky pulled off a 26-24 victory in the second match that propelled them past the Buckeyes. “We were under in the second game, but we came back and we got the lead,” said senior outside hitter Mari Hole. “It was just those few plays, they really got some good plays going. We weren’t able to respond right away, and they kind of just took the air out of the balloon at the moment. We kept talking like we really wanted it and we kept working through it, but we weren’t able to respond at the same level as Kentucky did and just kept pushing us.” The second set might have been crucial in terms of controlling pace and tempo. Senior outside hitter Emily Danks said it was a tough loss. “It was rough because we had been rolling through that set, and I think we were feeling pretty good and it was just that moment of let up that they took control of the game – they grabbed it and ran with it,” Danks said. During halftime, the Buckeyes tried to regroup after losing set two, but Danks said it wasn’t enough. “In the locker room, our fellow senior (middle blocker) Mariah (Booth) really got fired up and kind of lit a fire, and I guess it was just a little too late,” Danks said. “It was a little disappointing to see it go down like that, but you have to give it to Kentucky for being so steady and aggressive with everything they did.” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he knew going into this game that his team would have to defend and react well against Kentucky’s tough serves. It wasn’t the only thing that seemed to give OSU fits, though. “We knew they were a tough serving team. They are a little bit tougher than I thought they were when I watched video last night, but we knew that coming into the game,” Carlston said. “Really they won the serve and pass game. We knew that was No. 1. We had to win that.” Like Danks and Hole, Carlston emphasized the importance of the second set and said it might have been what cost the Buckeyes in the end. “Whoever won (set two) was going to win the match, and they did,” Carlston said. “Especially at the end of the second set, they kept it going in the third and fourth set and we didn’t respond very well.” The opportunities were there for OSU, though. “Our plan was to spread out, but we just didn’t pass the ball,” Carlston said. “We passed very well in the first set and first two sets up until the very end in the second set. We had some chances to win that second set, which obviously makes it a whole different match.” A rematch with No. 1 Penn State, which defeated the Buckeyes on Oct. 17 and Nov. 21, was something OSU was hoping for, along with advancing to the tournament’s Sweet 16 for the third straight year. For Danks, Hole, Booth and senior setter Amanda Peterson, their journey as Buckeyes has ended, but in their time together they might have helped the program get to where it is today. Danks, Booth and Peterson have played in the NCAA Tournament four years in a row. Hole, who transferred to Columbus after playing two years at UCLA, joined the Buckeyes for her junior and senior seasons. This senior group has also led their team to the Sweet 16 twice, and the second round four times. With their conference record at 13-7, they finished fourth in the Big Ten this year, which is OSU’s best finish since 2009. read more