The biggest films and TV panels to watch at the free virtual Comic-Con

Its regular event, which was scheduled to kick off on 23 July, was cancelled earlier this year for the first time ever in the convention’s 50 year history due to the coronavirus pandemic. The live event will return in 2021, but to fill this year’s gap the organisers have lined up a full five-day schedule of online events to take place from Wednesday, 22 July to Sunday, 26 July.

It’s an action-packed line up featuring some huge names from the world of comics, television and movies. Best thing is: it’s all completely free.

Here’s our pick of the best panels to watch from the world of movies and television. All times are listed in PDT.

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I no longer trust people’s ‘common sense’ when dealing with coronavirus. We need real leadership

Michael Gove holds the daily Covid-19 news conference on Sunday where he warned the public could not expect a rapid return to 'normal' life: Reuters
Michael Gove holds the daily Covid-19 news conference on Sunday where he warned the public could not expect a rapid return to ‘normal’ life: Reuters

It’s reassuring to hear from Michael Gove that it’s always best to trust to people’s common sense on wearing face coverings in shops, rather than the government taking a lead and making it mandatory, as is the case in Scotland and many other countries. That is presumably the same common sense that led to half a million people packing on to Dorset’s beaches, leaving 33 tons of rubbish to be cleared up, and the thousands of people who crowded together in the streets of Soho on the first day of pubs reopening. The Westminster government really needs to get a grip and show some leadership, or we shall have a second wave as sure as night follows day.

John Coppendale
Cambridge

Check your hygiene

Someone

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Everything you need to know as Wales changes rules

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 15 June, it has been mandatory in England to wear them when travelling by train, Tube, bus, ferry or plane. Failure to follow these rules can result in a £100 fine, but those under the age of 11 and people with disabilities or breathing problems, or anyone travelling with someone who lip-reads are exempt from wearing them though.

There has been wide criticism over the government’s recommendation to wear a face covering on public transport only.

Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the UK’s national science

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US woman freed after year as hostage in Nigeria

Police say she was a victim of online romance fraud
Police say she was a victim of online romance fraud

An American woman lured to Nigeria by a promise of marriage from a man she met on Facebook has been rescued after being held captive for more than a year, police say.

The 46-year-old was held against her will in a hotel room in Lagos.

The suspect Chukwuebuka Obiaku, 34, “took control” of the unnamed victim’s credit and debit cards, and retirement benefits, according to the police.

Over a period of 15 months she was forced to part with $48,000 (£38,000).

The victim is a retired civil servant from Washington DC.

Police say Mr Obiaku “also used the victim as a front to defraud her associates and other foreign personalities and companies”.

What more do we know?

The victim arrived from the US in February 2019, according to Nigerian police. In May 2019 she married Mr Obiaku.

In total, the

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The film and TV highlights to watch out for

Truth Seekers, Charlize Theron, and <em>Bill & Ted Face The Music</em> will all appear as part of Comic-Con@Home. (Amazon/Netflix/WB)
Truth Seekers, Charlize Theron, and Bill & Ted Face The Music will all appear as part of Comic-Con@Home. (Amazon/Netflix/WB)

The organisers of San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s leading pop culture fan convention, have announced the line up for Comic-Con@Home, its first ever virtual convention.

Its regular event, which was scheduled to kick off on 23 July, was cancelled earlier this year for the first time ever in the convention’s 50 year history due to the coronavirus pandemic. The live event will return in 2021, but to fill this year’s gap the organisers have lined up a full five-day schedule of online events to take place from Wednesday, 22 July to Sunday, 26 July.

It’s an action-packed line up featuring some huge names from the world of comics, television and movies. Best thing is: it’s all completely free.

Here’s our pick of the best panels to watch from the world of

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Why are you getting tested?

Some patients felt sick, nervously ticking off potential COVID-19 symptoms. Some cited possible exposure to the highly contagious disease. Others were there out of an abundance of caution.

All had made an appointment for a test Friday at Heartland Health Centers on Devon Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood. In interviews, they expressed common fears of becoming ill or unwittingly spreading the new coronavirus, which has already sickened more than 150,000 and killed more than 7,000 statewide. Illinois on Sunday set a new daily testing record, with 38,894 COVID-19 tests performed.

For Bizi Obedi, a 21-year-old college student, recent travels to Atlanta — a COVID-19 hot spot — made him particularly worried about possibly contracting the virus. He’d stayed in the home of a relative who later tested positive for COVID-19, increasing his chance of exposure.

Before the trip, Obedi said, he had believed the pandemic was a hoax. Now

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Florida, Arizona, Texas Opened ‘Too Aggressively,’ Public Health Expert Says

Since Chinese officials locked down the city of Wuhan in January, there have been more than 12.9 million cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, across the planet.

More than 569,000 people have died from the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Efforts to curb the outbreak have led to the global disruption of daily life and the economy, as schools and workplaces shuttered in hopes of slowing transmission. After months of precautions and lockdowns, governments have begun to reopen their economies.

HuffPost reporters around the world are tracking the pandemic and its effects.

Read the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic below. (To see the latest updates, you may need to refresh the page. All times are Eastern. For earlier updates on the pandemic, go here.)

Florida, Arizona, Texas ‘Opened Too Early’ And ‘Too Aggressively,’ Public Health Expert Says — 7/13/20, 8:52 a.m. ET

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16 amazing post-lockdown family summer holidays

France is one of the easier options for a family holiday this year - getty
France is one of the easier options for a family holiday this year – getty

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside. And while only a few weeks ago, the prospect of any sort of family travel this summer – let alone to a suitably sandy beach – looked decidedly remote, suddenly, borders are reopening, and a great escape is on. Race you to the airport.

Well, sort of. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. While many parts of the planet are starting to emerge from their Covid bunkers, planning a holiday for July or August still requires a little tiptoeing around regulations and pitfalls. On July 3, the Government unveiled a list of countries and destinations to which Britons would be allowed to travel from English airports without needing to enter quarantine on return. But that’s just half of it. There is no guarantee that everywhere on

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Sale ends soon! Invest in a cooling mattress that relieves back pain, too

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Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)
Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)

How’s your back? If you’re like most of us, these last few months of less activity (and more staying in) have meant noticeable aches and pains. Add to that the stress of sleeping on an old mattress and you might find your back in a constant state of discomfort. 

While core exercises are never a bad idea, no amount of Zoom fitness will fix your back if your bed is the root of the problem. Of course now is not the time to visit mattress stores and plop down Goldilocks-style in search of a match. But it IS

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Everything you need to know as Scotland changes rules

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 15 June, it has been mandatory in England to wear them when travelling by train, Tube, bus, ferry or plane. Failure to follow these rules can result in a £100 fine, but those under the age of 11 and people with disabilities or breathing problems, or anyone travelling with someone who lip-reads are exempt from wearing them though.

There has been wide criticism over the government’s recommendation to wear a face covering on public transport only.

Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the UK’s national science

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