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Sweltering heat, power outages greet Louisiana evacuees returning from Hurricane Delta

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Reuters) – Storm-weary coastal Louisiana residents who fled from the path of Hurricane Delta in recent days streamed back to their homes on Sunday to face cleanup and repairs from the second hurricane to batter their state over the past six weeks.

A satellite image shows damaged houses after Hurricane Delta in Holly Beach, Louisiana, U.S., October 10, 2020. Satellite image 2020 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

Many returned to find that Delta, dissipating substantially as it drifted farther inland on Sunday, had ripped away temporary tarpaulin roofs installed over their homes in late August after Hurricane Laura, a more powerful storm, struck with devastating force.

Delta, the 10th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season to make U.S. landfall, churned ashore on Friday evening near the southwestern Louisiana town of Creole as a Category 2 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson intensity scale, packing maximum sustained winds

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NBA Finals: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat not ready to go home just yet

As much as he might want to go home after more than 90 days in the NBA “bubble” at Disney World in Orlando, Jimmy Butler insisted he and his Heat teammates plan on staying until Oct. 13. That would be the day of a potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals, which means the Heat would have to win Game 5 Friday night and a potential Game 6 on Sunday in order to come back from their current 3-1 deficit.

“I like where we’re at, man,” Butler said on a video conference call on Thursday. “I smile because it’s true. I like where we’re at…Everybody is ready to compete, ready to get one.

“This is the job — to go out there and try to win a championship no matter where it’s at, here in a bubble in Orlando. We’re all here mentally, physically. We’re all wanting to get this

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Lakers Fans Encouraged to Stay Home to Celebrate If LA Beats Heat in NBA Finals | Bleacher Report

Thousands watch as the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate their NBA championship in a parade down Figueroa Street in Los Angeles Monday, June 21, 2010.    (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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The Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of winning their 17th NBA Finals, but fans who want to celebrate with the normal gatherings and parties that typically follow title wins are being advised to hold off due to the pandemic. 

Both Staples Center and L.A. Live in Los Angeles will not show Game 5 of the Finals on their exterior screens or host any potential postgame celebrations and the venue is encouraging fans to watch the game from home while exercising caution. 

The Lakers lead the Miami Heat 3-1 in the best-of-seven series with Game 5 set

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Shirking from home? Staff feel the heat as bosses ramp up remote surveillance



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For many, one of the silver linings of lockdown was the shift to remote working: a chance to avoid the crushing commute, supermarket meal deals and an overbearing boss breathing down your neck.

But as the Covid crisis continues, and more and more employers postpone or cancel plans for a return to the office, some managers are deploying increasing levels of surveillance in an attempt to recreate the oversight of the office at home.

“It has really ramped up,” says Dr Claudia Pagliari, a researcher into digital health and society at the University of Edinburgh. “People are home working, and many organisations are beginning to want to track what they’re doing.”

Such surveillance comes in many forms. “Some of it is as simple as ‘checking in’,” Pagliari says, “stamping your timecard in a digital sense. You might have to do your work

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Tesla Model 3s With Heat Pump, Octovalve Improvements Spotted In Europe: Report

When Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) introduced the mass market Model Y, a vehicle with 70% similarity to the already popular Model 3, several design improvements and changes came with the new model.

Two of the main changes were a heat pump for better winter efficiency and an “octovalve” that reduced part complexity and boosted efficiency.

Now it seems these changes are finally being brought to the Model 3.

A report from Tesmanian citing anonymous sources said the revised Model 3 has already arrived in Tilburg, The Netherlands. 

These updated vehicles were produced in Tesla’s Fremont factory. These improvements will boost efficiency of the vehicles while streamlining Tesla’s production lines. The Model 3 is advertised with a max 322 miles of range, which should increase when these changes are official.

Benzinga’s Take: Efficiency is the most important aspect of an EV, and Tesla keeps marching along, making incremental progress on every

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