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Govt sets up checkpoints to monitor people’s mobility between cities, provinces amid ‘mudik’ ban

first_imgRegions across Java have set up checkpoints to monitor the flow of vehicles between cities and provinces, following the government’s ban on Idul Fitri mudik (exodus), which started on Friday.The Transportation Ministry has prepared a number of checkpoints in areas surrounding Jakarta, including Tangerang in Banten, as well as Bekasi, Bogor, Sukabumi and Cikampek in West Java, to prevent people from leaving or entering the capital for the annual tradition.“We are gradually preparing [the checkpoints] on toll roads, national roads, provincial roads, even down to the so-called jalan tikus [alleyways] in districts,” the ministry’s land transportation director general, Budi Setiyadi, said in a press conference on Thursday. Read also: Indonesia suspends all passenger travel across cities to prevent Ramadan exodusThe checkpoints for land routes will be activated from Friday to May 31, in accordance with Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 25/2020 regarding transportation use control during this year’s mudik period to prevent wider contagion of COVID-19 in the country.Under the regulation, the ministry has set restrictions on all passenger vehicles entering and leaving regions that have imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), including Greater Jakarta and Greater Bandung in West Java.The roads, however, remain open, to accommodate vehicles carrying logistics and essential needs.Millions of Indonesians return to their hometowns every year – often traveling from urban centers to the countryside – to celebrate Idul Fitri, including those from capital Jakarta, a city where many people have migrated to from around the country in search of work.With Jakarta being the country’s epicenter of the outbreak, public health experts have warned that mudik could cause the contagious respiratory illness to spread rapidly across Java.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo subsequently announced a ban on the Idul Fitri mudik on Tuesday after reviewing a Transportation Ministry survey that said 24 percent of the country’s 270 million people still planned to travel to their hometowns and that 7 percent had already left.The ministry held a meeting on Thursday with regional heads from Java, Bali and Lampung in Semarang, Central Java, to discuss preparations for monitoring the potential mudik flow.Read also: Recovered COVID-19 patient in Central Java urges people not to ‘mudik’Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said the province had prepared 83 inter-regency monitoring checkpoints and inter-provincial monitoring checkpoints spread across the region.“For inter-provincial supervision, there are seven checkpoints, namely at Tegal terminal, Pejagan toll gate, Losari Brebes goods terminal, Wanareja terminal, Pungkruk toll gate, Klonengan Slawi Tegal rest stop and Dukuh Salam terminal,” Ganjar said after the meeting.The provincial administration will also add three checkpoints in its easternmost regencies as Surabaya and its neighboring regencies, Sidoarjo and Gresik, in East Java would start imposing partial lockdowns on Tuesday.Ganjar said he was reviewing plans to ensure the social security of people from the region who lived outside the province, especially those in Greater Jakarta, as they could not return to their hometowns due to the mudik ban.“If [the government] cannot guarantee [their social security], please let us know. We will set up public kitchens in Jakarta to help them,” he said.Read also: ‘I need to protect my family’: Jakartans nix homecoming trips following COVID-19 ‘mudik’ banGanjar said he had asked the Transportation Ministry to be flexible with the monitoring at checkpoints. “If there is a violation, just tell them to go back and if they disobey, they are to be quarantined,” he said.Acting transportation minister Luhut Pandjaitan, who is also the coordinating maritime affairs and investment minister, said regional governments were allowed to improvise and determine how strict they wanted to implement the monitoring, as long as the policy did not contradict the prevailing regulation.“The [transportation] ministerial regulation was formulated to accommodate but regional leaders are allowed to make adjustments. I have asked the land transportation director general to communicate with Central Java. We want to save lives,” Luhut said. (syk) In Tangerang, the ministry has readied a checkpoint at the Bitung toll gate to monitor vehicles heading from Jakarta to Merak, Banten, and vice versa. In Bekasi, a checkpoint has been established in areas bordering Karawang.The ministry has also prepared a checkpoint at Puncak Pass, a tourist destination bordering Bogor regency and Cianjur in West Java. In Sukabumi, meanwhile, a checkpoint has been set up in Cigombong, the border of Bogor regency and Sukabumi.A checkpoint has been set up at the 31-kilometer point on the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road on the border of Bekasi and Karawang, where authorities stood by to conduct inspections on vehicles passing the area.Private vehicles leaving Jakarta for West Java will be asked to make U-turn and return to the capital from West Cikarang.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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David Luiz reveals how Mikel Arteta has put the fun back into playing for Arsenal

first_img Mike StavrouWednesday 5 Feb 2020 4:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta managed to keep hold of star player Pierre Emerick Aubameyang despite interest from Barcelona (Getty Images)‘What Mikel is trying to build is something big and I really believe in his philosophy, I really believe we can do something big this year and in the future, so I’m really, really happy because we have our way to go.‘To do something, I think the first thing is you have to dream, and then you believe you can do it, then after to study how to do it, and then to understand during this process you’re going to have some good moments and some difficult moments but you can never change your mind.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLuiz also spoke about how Arteta has brought the ‘fun’ back into playing in an Arsenal shirt, saying: ‘I think the result of people when they are happy is 10 times better than when they are sad.‘I believe in this smile, I believe in the fun and I believe in these kind of things – and this is part of football. This is part of the life, but not just that is the main thing.‘I think you have to work hard and you have to understand what we represent, you have to understand the philosophy of the club, you have to understand and to know the history of the club, you have to understand how everybody is involved with the club and the people here inside the club, outside the club, the supporters everywhere in the world.‘He [Arteta] has tried to help us and give us the direction and how to live life, how to be inside the club and for me, this is so important to have.’MORE: Arsenal signing Pablo Mari raves about ‘incredible’ team-mate Gabriel MartinelliMORE: Lille will demand £30m for Arsenal transfer target Gabriel Magalhaes David Luiz reveals how Mikel Arteta has put the fun back into playing for Arsenal David Luiz is one of many Arsenal players to have turned around their form under Mikel Arteta (Getty Images)Arsenal defender David Luiz says the whole squad has been boosted by Mikel Arteta’s ‘contagious enthusiasm’.While results have been mixed for Arteta’s side with one league win in seven since taking over from Unai Emery in December, performances have improved.The north London club’s form in the FA Cup has been markedly better, seeing off Leeds and Bournemouth to progress to the fifth round of the competition – where they will face Portsmouth at Fratton Park.Brazilian international Luiz puts the change in mentality down to Arteta’s work ethic in training, which feeds through to the players.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told Arsenal.com: ‘He knows football, he knows inside the pitch. He loves football, he loves to work, so this enthusiasm is contagious for everybody. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Eagles Middle School Tri-Meet Results

first_imgThe Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams hosted a three-way meet with Southwestern and Shawe on Wednesday (9/25). The JCD girls’ team finished second and the JCD boys team was incomplete. Sept25@JCDCourtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.last_img

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Buck: FFP rules go too far

first_img Chelsea insist they are on course to meet UEFA’s measures, having in 2011/2012 posted a small profit of £1.4million for the first time since Roman Abramovich’s takeover with the owner’s £166.6million loan converted into equity and as such leaving the club debt free. Buck, though, believes the issues over how the Premier League’s new financial restrictions are to be implemented leave a lot of unanswered questions, such as how massive sponsorship deals or naming rights are taken into account. “Football had a problem and football has a problem which is that there are some clubs who spend money they do not have,” Buck said at the Leaders in Football event, hosted by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. “We felt that football should do something from a rule-making perspective, but our approach was really financial stabilisation, in other words rules which would require clubs to pay their taxes and would not permit them to spend money they did not have. “The problem we have identified with Financial Fair Play is that it goes a long way to preserving the status quo, and one of the great things about football in this country is that if you are in last place in League Two, you can still hope that some day you will win the Premier League. That is now difficult if not impossible due to Financial Fair Play. “Financial Fair Play will now have to wrestle with issues like: are certain sponsorship agreements really bona fide? Insularly revenues, is it appropriate to put those into the equation? “We would have preferred something which really dealt with the issue of stabilisation regulations. “We feel that what we have is we had a broken finger, so we cut off the arm. “Having said that, Financial Fair Play at the UEFA level is in effect, we all want to play in UEFA competitions, so we will all do what we have to comply.” Buck continued: “It took us three or four years for us to realise we had to change our (business) model and be more frugal, more conservative and have a structure for the future. that is what we are doing now. “Hopefully for the long-term, we will be successful in breaking even or better “We will comply with UEFA’s form of Financial Fair Play, but we have a lot of work (to do) into that.” Chelsea are expected to make a sustained challenge for the Premier League title this season following the return of Jose Mourinho as manager. Buck revealed he was enjoying having the popular Portuguese coach back in the dugout. “This has been a very relaxed season for me to be honest, because we hired Jose back which is what our fans wanted,” he said. “I don’t have to explain to the fans who might come up to me on the Fulham Road asking, ‘Why is this player not playing?’ or ‘Why is this player playing?’ “We have the manager they want, and it is for him to do.” Press Association UEFA has already implemented its own financial controls aimed at stopping clubs spending more than they earn, with sanctions including a possible ban from European competition coming into effect from 2014 for those posting losses of more than £36million over three seasons. The English Premier League, meanwhile, is set to bring in regulations which prohibit a loss in excess of £105million aggregated across to 2015/2016, with restrictions on wage increases above a level of £52million and on up to £60million in those three seasons. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck believes the Barclays Premier League’s Financial Fair Play regulations are like ‘cutting off an arm when you have a broken finger’.last_img read more

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Benteke double downs Canaries

first_img For the opening 20 minutes of this 4-1 win Villa were wretched, appearing every inch a side without a goal in their previous three matches and staring at a battle to beat the drop on the back of a miserable home record. Coming into the game only bottom club Fulham could boast worse form on home soil, so when Wes Hoolahan, a player Villa boss Paul Lambert tried to sign during the January transfer window, scored for Norwich inside three minutes the natives became restless. Press Association On the half-hour the visitors were fortunate not to find themselves down to 10 men as Alexander Tettey’s high studs raked the chest of Nathan Baker. Despite left-back Baker showing three lines of nasty red marks to fourth official Chris Foy as he waited to come back on following treatment, referee Anthony Taylor only handed Tettey a yellow card. Six minutes later Hoolahan could have had a second but was first denied by Guzan and then saw Fabian Delph clear his follow-up off the line. That was a critical moment because within five minutes the game was out of sight as far as Norwich were concerned. In the 37th minute Villa conjured a breathtaking breakaway as Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann combined to tee up Bacuna for a curled shot in off the post for his fifth goal since a summer move from FC Groningen. And just four minutes later the game was as good as over as Bassong turned into his own net from a Delph pull-back from the byline. It could have been 5-1 five minutes after the interval only for an unmarked Agbonlahor to head Delph’s cross into the grateful arms of Ruddy from six yards. Beyond that, aside from an 85th-minute fingertip save from Guzan to deny Hooper, the game petered out to its natural conclusion. The home fans gave Benteke a standing ovation when he was replaced by former Norwich striker Grant Holt 10 minutes from time, and deservedly so after the Belgian’s goals eased their fears. Villa are now up to 11th, seven points clear of the relegation zone, while Norwich remain four points clear of the bottom three. But the hosts quelled any unrest by hitting back in style, Benteke netting two in two minutes to rattle the Canaries, before a third by Leandro Bacuna and Sebastien Bassong’s own goal had Villa cruising at the break. Norwich’s early goal was superbly worked, a swift build-up culminating in Hoolahan playing in Gary Hooper who checked to see if he was onside – he was by a fraction – before playing a piercing ball into the area which was turned home on the slide by Hoolahan for his first goal for almost a year. What followed from Villa was a lack of ingenuity and passion, which resulted in boos and jeers filtering down from the stands. When Villa woefully failed to clear their lines in the 23rd minute, gifting Nathan Redmond an effort that was driven straight at Brad Guzan, you could sense the unease and restlessness growing. The fans had already voted with their feet, with the total of 30,303 representing their lowest in the league by some considerable margin this season. But the game turned on Benteke’s sensational 25th-minute strike. Taking a raking pass from skipper Ron Vlaar on his chest 15 yards from goal, Benteke acrobatically hooked the ball over his left shoulder, leaving marker Bassong standing and goalkeeper John Ruddy grasping at thin air. Just 150 seconds later the tide turned completely as from an Ashley Westwood corner Benteke rose above Bassong to power a close-range header beyond Ruddy for his 10th of the season Two-goal Christian Benteke again emerged Aston Villa’s hero to stave off a potential fan backlash and pile the pressure on Norwich manager Chris Hughton.last_img read more

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I thrive on the pressure – Poyet

first_img Press Association Gus Poyet admits he does not know if he could do his job without the pressure football brings. However, he insists he thrives under the pressure. He said: “I like pressure because it’s the way I have been brought up. When you are in Uruguay and when you play football and when you play for the national team, the pressure is there to win. “There is no other result, so it is part of my life. “Can I work without pressure? I don’t know – I have never done it so far. I have never played football or managed without pressure. “I suppose it would be nice, but maybe I would not be myself after because I don’t have the pressure. “I don’t know. It’s part of the game. I like it, I really like it.” Poyet remained coy over his team selection as he conducted his pre-match press conference, revealing that both key midfielder Lee Cattermole and January signing Jermain Defoe could be involved, but going little further. But he hinted that he might gamble on striker Defoe, just as Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone did, ultimately unsuccessfully, with Diego Costa ahead of last May’s Champions League final. The 47-year-old head coach this week took the unusual step of issuing an open letter to fans after demoralising defeats to QPR in the Barclays Premier League and Sky Bet League One Bradford in the FA Cup fifth round had been misinterpreted. Poyet finds himself in a difficult position heading into Saturday’s crucial home clash with West Brom, with the Black Cats having slipped to within two points of the relegation zone in which they were entrenched for much of last season. He said: “Last season’s Champions League final, Costa played 20 minutes. You would think if there’s a game in which you need a player like Costa on the pitch, it’s that game. “Then when he comes off after 20 minutes, it’s very easy to say that he shouldn’t have played. “But that’s too late.” West Brom boss Tony Pulis expects Poyet to send his Sunderland side out firing. While West Brom’s form has started to pick up since Pulis took charge early in January, the Black Cats have hit a potentially damaging slump. The Wearsiders have won just one of their last eight league games and are only two points above the relegation zone in 15th place. With five wins and just one defeat in eight games in all competitions under Pulis, West Brom appear to be heading in the opposite direction. But the head coach will take nothing for granted at the Stadium of Light this weekend. “We have watched them on two or three occasions,” said Pulis, whose side are two points above Sunderland in the table. “We watched the QPR game and in the second half they could have scored two or three goals. They had a sloppy first half then Gus looked at that. They really pulled it together and if they had got the breaks they could have easily got a result. “They are not far short of getting results. I have tremendous respect for Gus and that football club, so we will be prepared for what will be a tough battle.” Pulis would not necessarily be drawn on the issues concerning Poyet and the supporters, but is convinced the former Chelsea midfielder is a strong enough character to turn the situation around. He said: “Gus has got to do what Gus has got to do. We are all different. What Gus does is up to Gus and you have got to give him the respect he deserves as a tremendous player, while he has coached and managed and done very well. “He took Sunderland to a cup final last year, so he hasn’t done too bad. “He is straight as a die, whether you talk to him on the pitch or off it. He is a good football man, he knows the game. I have enjoyed his company when I have been with him. “It is a wonderful area – the north east is a very passionate area for the clubs. “The expectations are high up there and you have to live with that. Gus has been up there 18 months, two years, he will understand that now.” last_img read more

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Iceland Freezes England from Euro2016

first_imgAnd Hart was at fault in the 16th minute when allowed a shot from Kolbeinn Sigþórsson to trickle over the line.England – as they had in their previous matches – dominated possession but failed to create any clear cut chances.Rooney and Dele Alli had long-range shots but Sigurdsson came close to extending Iceland’s lead with an overhead kick that Hart parried on 53 minutes.Even the introduction of Jamie Vardy for Sterling midway through the second half failed to ignite England as they went down to one of the worst results in their history against the smallest country ever to qualify for the finals.ResultsItaly 2-0 Spain England 1-2 Iceland Q’final Fixtures Poland Vs Portugal Wales Vs Belgium Germany Vs Italy France Vs IcelandShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram England suffered a humiliating exit from Euro 2016 monday as the Three Lions lost 2-1 to Iceland in Nice.Skipper Wayne Rooney’s fifth-minute penalty after Raheem Sterling had been fouled gave England a dream start.But within 83 seconds Ragnar Sigurdsson prodded the ball past Joe Hart after a long throw had caused chaos.last_img read more

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Fourth-place finish successful in light of midseason struggles

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoIOWA CITY, Iowa — Not all the events of Saturday afternoon worked against Wisconsin. Even though the Badgers fell hard to Iowa here, the team locked up a bye in the Big Ten tournament, which gets underway in Indianapolis Thursday.By virtue of Illinois’ 75-68 victory over Michigan State earlier in the day, the Badgers were guaranteed of finishing no worse than a tie for fourth place in the conference by tip-off of their matchup with the Hawkeyes. Wisconsin will face Indiana at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Conseco Fieldhouse. “The Big Ten tournament is just like another season, so we’ve got to worry about that and be ready,” freshman Kevin Gullikson said.The fourth-place finish for the Badgers is the first time in the Bo Ryan era that Wisconsin has finished outside of the top three in the Big Ten. However, considering the major personnel issues the team had to deal with — losing reserves Greg Stiemsma, Marcus Landry and DeAaron Williams midseason — the campaign is in many aspects a success.Players and coaches seemed satisfied with the finish, considering the hardships they endured.”It was a challenge,” junior forward Alando Tucker said. “With the loss of our players early [and after] readjusting, it was a big challenge for us. I think it made us tougher, makes us stronger … We stayed tough; I’m not disappointed in the effort we put in each night.””It is what it is,” Ryan said. “But, I’ll tell you what: We were right in the mix up until the last week, and they go on the road into the two toughest places [to play] so far this year.”After playing two games in three days, the Badgers will be given plenty of time to rest and prepare for the Hoosiers. “I still think a lot of the guys feel that we can go far, and we’re still talking about winning the Big Ten tournament,” junior point guard Kammron Taylor said.”There is still a lot of basketball to be played, if we can play the normal Wisconsin basketball game,” Tucker said. Gullikson impresses: Although the Badgers as a whole looked to be somewhat fatigued on the court against Iowa, Gullikson, a walk-on from Stillwater, Minn., looked anything but. Statistically Gullikson only pulled down four rebounds and fouled out in 21 minutes, but his defense on Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Greg Brunner was impressive.”You look at Kevin Gullikson out there working, and what he is doing defensively; he has been so impressive with his energy,” Ryan said. “I think if you asked Brunner, he’d probably tell you the same thing. Gullikson did a heck of a job.”True to Ryan’s words, Gullikson did draw the attention of Brunner”I don’t remember having played against him at their place, and he isn’t someone you would forget,” Brunner said after the game, icing his right ankle that he injured late in the game, forcing his early exit. “He was physical, he played hard. He’s a tough guy.”Ohio State wraps up Big Ten title: On Sunday afternoon Ohio State put the finishing touches on its first regular season Big Ten championship since the 2001-2002 season and its first out-right conference title in 14 years.The Big Ten’s top team played at home against the last-place unit in the conference, and the results were, as one might expect, an Ohio State thrashing, as the Buckeyes cruised to a 76-57 victory over the Boilermakers.The win came on Senior Day and was the final home game for four Buckeye starters, Terence Dials, Je’Kel Foster, J.J. Sullinger and Matt Sylvester.Purdue finished the regular season 0-12 on the road.last_img read more

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Bike tour promotes fresh food choices

first_imgMany local food markets around South Los Angeles offer organically grown fruits and vegetables, but many students do not always take notice.Healthy choices · Autumn Chiklis, a freshman majoring in theatre, buys fruit on Thursday at the weekly farmers market on Trousdale. — Sarah Wu | Daily TrojanT.R.U.S.T. South LA, Community Services Unlimited and Ride South Los Angeles held a bike tour to promote awareness of these healthy food options on March 3.More than 100 participants followed a map provided by the organizations to locate the markets.François Bar, an associate professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, helped create the map by developing ParTour, a system that uses mobile technology to reach out to people in the surrounding community. People in the community use their cell phones to send text messages or pictures of places around Los Angeles to an email address and then provide descriptions that identify the place’s location. In the case of the health map, the people in the community sent information about healthy places to eat.“Many of the residents in the area don’t have iPhones, so this is a way that everyone can be involved. It can be used for all feature phones; they just have to have a camera,” Bar said.Bar said that so far 50 and 100 people are currently using the map.This project was created to raise awareness of healthy food options in the area.The restaurants and stores highlighted include Fresh and Easy, Mama’s Chicken, Superior Grocery Store, El Azteca and Ralphs Grocery Store.Bar believes the map serves as an important tool for engaging in the community around South Los Angeles.“The map is not mainly about finding the way around South Los Angeles, but more of a story about the neighborhood which is not usually told,” Bar said. “South L.A. has the reputation for being a food desert, but this is not true. People have been working to bring healthy food here.”Bar said the map is also used as a way for people to find healthy ways to get to the food places, such as walking and bike riding. Another one of the main features of the map is an identification of the different community gardens in the neighborhood.TRUST South LA and Community Services Unlimited organized the bike tour around the South Los Angeles area to demonstrate its features. Biking helps to demonstrate the different healthy ways for people to access the stores and markets and for people to get some exercise.Some students who live in the area said they do not know about the healthy options that surround them.“Healthy food is not advertised,” said Austin Mudd, a sophomore majoring in business administration.       “There are a lot of extremely unhealthy fast food places along Figueroa but, other than Fresh & Easy, not much else comes to mind.”Not everyone, however, believes promoting local food markets will be completely successful. Students are concerned that with healthier food also comes more expensive prices, which might not end up helping the community.“The problem with healthy food is that it tends to be more time-consuming to access and definitely costs more,”  said Ryan Heintz, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience.This project will continue throughout the year and the map will be continuously updated, Bar said. Bar also encourages residents around the area to remain involved in the effort to raise awareness about healthy eating. The map can be accessed athttp://ridesouthla.com/food-map/last_img read more

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Keck researchers use bioluminescence to treat cancer

first_imgTo develop new ways to improve cancer treatments in humans, researchers at the Keck School of Medicine recently studied the enzymes in marine animals that cause bioluminescence. Marine animals with bioluminescence, like the jellyfish pictured above, are helping a team of researchers at the Keck School of Medicine develop effective immunotherapy cancer treatments. Photo from Pixabay.The team of researchers utilized these enzymes to develop a test to determine whether immunotherapies — uses of the immune system to fight cancer — are effective, according to a Scientific Reports study published on Jan. 9. The bioluminescent property of these enzymes allowed the researchers to see if a therapy is successful in killing cancer cells.“[Immunotherapy] can use the body’s immune system to fight against several diseases including cancer in a similar way the body fights against foreign invaders,” said Hittu Matta, a Keck assistant professor of research medicine who contributed to the study.According to Matta, a number of immunotherapies such as chimeric antigen receptor-T cells (CAR-T) have been developed. Chimeric antigen receptors are proteins that help T cells recognize toxins on targeted cancer cells. However, since these are developed for a specific patient and not mass produced, creating them is expensive and having an accurate test to ensure their effectiveness is significant.As a fairly new advancement in the cancer research field, immunotherapies can help scientists determine the next steps in developing proper cancer treatments, Matta said. This can be achieved through testing the therapies quickly, safely and cheaply.“Cancer immunotherapies are one of the hottest areas of cancer research,” said Keck professor Preet Chaudhary, the corresponding author of the study. “To develop more effective and less toxic immunotherapies, it is important to have an assay that can rapidly screen a large number of candidates in a sensitive, fast, economical manner to select the best candidate for further development.”Named after the El-Matador Beach, the Matador assay makes use of bioluminescent agents to visually display and measure how many cancer cells are being killed by a selected immunotherapy.“The [agents were] engineered to stay entrapped inside the intact cells, but it gets released after the cells die, and the glow released from them was quantitatively measured using a luminometer,” Matta said.According to Matta, the technology used in the Matador assay has the potential to impact several fields outside of medicine, including light production, genetically engineered plants and environmental technology.last_img read more

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