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Indian Motorcycle go VVT

first_imgMore and more manufacturers embrace variable valve timing technology as Euro 5 looms. Indian Motorcycle is next up.As Euro 5 seeks to cut more emission, motorcycle manufacturers are forced into looking for other solutions. It was either that or downsizing the engine or reducing power production (god forbid!).Right now, VVT offers the best answer. Variable valve timing and variable valve lift controls valve overlap at the correct engine loads and timing, yielding power while saving fuel and limiting emission at the same time. Please click the link below to learn more about variable valve timing/variable valve actuation.2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 to Feature DVTVVT usually finds place in motorcycles with “sportier” deposition such as the BMW S 1000 RR, Suzuki GSX-R1000, it’s made its way into other types of motorcycle engines. Ducati uses their proprietary Desmodromic Valve Timing (DVT) in the 1260cc V-Twins, while Yamaha employ the tech in their scooters. BMW has now equipped the new 1254cc Boxer (flat-twin) with their own “ShiftCam” technology.Photo credit – United States Trademark and Patent Office, Motorcycle.comA new Indian engine was spied months back, but patents revealed that the American manufacturer is pursing VVT technology as well.Indian’s VVT looks different in because the engine employs overhead valves (OHV) and pushrods rather than overhead camshafts (OHC). Therefore, the VVT phaser is situated at the of the crankcase.–Ads– Indian Motorcycle patented their variable valve timing (VVT) system. Photo credit – United States Trademark and Patent Office, Motorcycle.com It will equip a new Euro 5-compliant engine. The technology is the best solution in delivering power with low fuel consumption and emission.last_img read more

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The new BMW R 18 cruiser is finally unveiled!

first_imgNo BMW Motorrad at Intermot & EICMA this year–Ads– It’s official, BMW Motorrad has entered the cruiser market with their latest offering, the all-new BMW R 18. Embedded deep with the brand’s heritage and traditions, the BMW R 18 embodies the true spirit of the brand, both old and new. A classic timeless design paired with their new and powerful boxer engine? What’s not to love?<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Let’s look at the engine first. The R 18 is presented with BMW’s latest tow-cylinder boxer engine dubbed the “Big Boxer”. In fact, it’s the most powerful one yet with its 1,802cc which produces a hefty 91hp at 4,750rpm and over 150Nm of maximum torque as low as 2,000rpm-4,000rpm.Housed right in the middle of a double-loop steel tube frame, it’s an homage to the tradition of the brand, but with superior quality and great detail to attention from visible welded joints, forged parts, and bolted swingarm and rear axle transmission.Looking into the design factor, the R 18 has a lot of design cues from the legendary BMW R 5. From the frame choice to its pear-shaped tank, it’s an homage to the golden era of iconic BMW Motorrad bikes and it simply oozes coolness. The First Edition model with come with this classic black finish with pinstripes plus chrome touches here and there because it’s a classy move.That chassis of the new R 18 is further enhanced with 49mm telescopic forks with fork sleeves paired with a rear central suspension strut with “travel-dependent damping and adjustable spring preload ensure superior wheel control and attractive suspension comfort.” Suspension travel is 120mm up front and 90mm rear. No electronics to mess with the experience, baby (except for the LED front headlights & adaptive cornering lights).As for brakes, they went with the double discs upfront (plus four-piston fixed callipers) and a single disc handling the rear which looks really well with the bike’s exposed driveshaft and wire-spoke wheels. All of these specs are in line with BMW Motorrad’s philosophy of always offering ‘harmonious ergonomics for optimum vehicle control.’The mid-mounted footpegs offer a laid-back riding position for riders to enjoy comfortable cruises while maintaining an active riding position. In other words, the BMW R 18 offers both relaxed and active riding, all in one wholesome yet classic package.There are some electronics assistances to help keep riders in check, such as selectable riding modes (Rain, Roll & Rock), Automatic Stability Control (ASC), engine drag torque control (MSR), to name a few. It’ll also come with several extra options such as reverse assist and Hill Start Control.BMW Motorrad will also be offering tonnes of customizable parts for the new R 18 with several collaborations with high-profile companies like Roland Sands, Mustang seats, Vance & Hines exhaust, more. No announcement on the price just yet, but considering it’s a 1,800cc BMW bike, it won’t be that cheap.last_img read more

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Togo striker Francis Kone wins FIFA ‘Fair Play’ gong for life-saving act

first_imgA Togolese striker Francis Kone who was awarded by FIFA for saving the life of an opposing goalie has dedicated his prize to his mother.“I love my mother so much and this trophy belongs to her, she is the greatest gift I have been given in all my life,” Kone said about his mother Akoudji in an interview with BBC Sport.Kone, 26, was the only African to win a trophy at the FIFA ‘best’ ceremony held in London on October 23. He was handed the Fair Play award for saving the life of a goalie who got injured after a collision.Kone gained hero status in February this year when he prevented goalkeeper Martin Berkovec of Bohemians from swallowing his tongue after an incident in the Czech league. The Togolese international is a forward for Slovacko.The striker put his fingers into Berkovec’s mouth in order to prevent him from swallowing his tongue, before the stopper was stretchered off and taken to hospital. He later thanked Kone for his timely intervention.Kone disclosed in an interview after the incident that it was not the first time he has had to act quickly to help a fellow player in need.“It has been four times. Once in Thailand and twice in Africa,” the Ivorian-born player who qualifies to play for Togo via family ties stressed.last_img read more

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Jannis and Lebrons will try to overcome the play-off first round…

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks, the NBA’s regular season leader, suffered an unexpected loss against Orlando Magic basketball players in the first round of the NBA Orlando Bubble Wrestling Tournament. The defeat of Bukis in the first game of the play-off served as a good wake-up call. In the next three battles, the strongest team in the Eastern Conference left no chance for the Florida team, which is currently leading the series 3-1. With the victory tonight, the Bucks could become the fourth Eastern Conference unit to pass the second round. Toronto’s Raptors, Boston’s Celtics and Miami’s Heat have already played their opponents. As the Milwaukee team enters the semifinals of the conference, another Florida team, the Heat, will face off.Jannis Adetokunbo has just received the title of the best defensive player of the season. It is likely that the Greek basketball player will also be selected as the most valuable player in the league or MVP. Thus, Adetokunbo would join a very chosen club, becoming the fifth player to receive both awards in one season. Hakim Olajuvon, Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnet and David Robinson have previously received such honor.While everything is almost clear in the East, the situation at the Western Conference has become more interesting and the winners of the series are yet to be determined. Tonight, the balance will be upset in the series between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the first four fights, the two teams, which had a significant deal in the off-season, split the wins in half. Longtime Thunder leader Russell Westbrook has not played in this series due to injury, watching his team’s battles from the sidelines. The Rockets have missed the lead of two games at the beginning of the series, with the result before the very important fifth game being 2-2. Chris Paul, practically written off in a Houston uniform, has proven that the powder is still dry. Paul’s performance was an important aspect of the Oklahoma City team leveling the score. Paul scored 26 points in each of the last two games. With 38 and 32 points from Houston leader James Harden in the last two games, the missiles weren’t enough to avoid a missile.At four in the morning after Latvian time, the forces will be compared by the Losers “Lakers” and Portland’s “Trail Blazers”. In the distribution games, the last free position in the play-off tournament was won by the Portland team, whose ranks were superhuman performance by Deimiens Lilards. But the nine games, each almost the last, impressed the Trail Blazers. Knee injury has caused Lilars, who will not be able to help his team in the fifth match of the series. An ankle injury also forced Zak Collins to close the season prematurely. SJey Makolum, on the other hand, plays the “bubble” games with a request in the back. Macularity trauma though sounds a lot crazier than it actually is. The guard has a small back cartilage on which the weight of the body does not rest. Therefore, Macolum can play, but painful in any case this injury is. Meanwhile, the Lakers are close to winning their fourth victory and entering the second round of the Western Conference first. There is no shortage of angry players in the Lakers. Anthony Davis is definitely unhappy with the Adetokunbo Defender of the Year award. Representatives of Los Angeles agitated Davis for this award. Definitely angry will be Lebron James, who will most likely go for the MVP award right by the nose. greek freak because of.TimeThe game11:00Bucks – Magic1:30Rockets – Thunder4:00Lakers – Trail BlazersRound 1 of the NBA playoffsCoupleGame 1Game 2Game 3Game 4Game 5Game 6Game 7In the seriesEastern ConferenceBucks (1.) – Magic (8.)110:122111:96121:107121:1063-1Raptors (2.) – Nets (7.)134:110104:99117:92150:1224-0Celtics (3.) – 76ers (6.)109:101128:101102:94110:1064-0Pacers (4.) – Heat (5.)101:113100:109115:12487:990-4Western ConferenceLakers (1.) – Trail Blazers (8.)93:100111:88116:108135:1153-1Clippers (2.) – Mavericks (7.)118:110114:127130:122133:135P154:1113-2Nuggets (3.) – Jazz (6.)135:125 P105:12487:124127:129117:1072-3Rockets (4.) – Thunder (5.)123:108111:98107:119 P114:1172-2There will be three fights in the National Hockey League this evening and night. The early battle at 10:00 Latvian time will begin between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Islanders. The Brotherly Love City Unit will seek to revenge the New Yorkers for the defeat of the first match in which the Philadelphia pilots conceded to the people with 0: 4.The balance of the series will be upset between the Lightning of Tampa Bay and the Bruins of Boston. In the first fight, the Bostonians took the lead three goals early and kept the victory minimal until the end of the match with 3: 2. On the other hand, in the second team match, Ondržejs Chamber grabbed the 4 – 3 success of the Florida team in overtime.The Dallas Stars tonight will try to increase their lead in the Colorado Avalanche to 3-0. In the first matches, the Texas team celebrated the success with 5: 3 and 5: 2. Aleksandrs Radulovs has scored three goals in these matches.TimeThe game10:00Islanders – Flyers3:00Bruins – Lightning5:30Stars – AvalancheThe second round of the Stanley CupCoupleGame 1Game 2Game 3Game 4Game 5Game 6Game 7In the seriesEastern ConferenceFlyers (1A) – Islanders (6A)0:40-1Lightning (2A) – Bruins (4A)2:34:3 P1-1Western ConferenceGolden Knights (1R) – Canucks (5R)5:02:51-1Avalanche (2R) – Stars (3R)3:52:50-2last_img read more

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NBA roundup: Bucks rally vs. Heat, claim East’s top seed

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton scored 33 points each as the Milwaukee Bucks — who trailed by 23 in the first half — rallied to defeat the Miami Heat 130-116 on Thursday as part of the NBA restart near Orlando. Antetokounmpo, who picked up his fifth foul with 10:48 left in the fourth, added a game-high 12 rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes. Middleton had a team-high eight assists and six rebounds in 34 minutes.Milwaukee (55-14), which has the best record in the NBA, overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to snap a two-game losing streak and clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference.With Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic out injured, the Heat (43-26) were led by Duncan Robinson’s 21 points. All-Star center Bam Adebayo, slowed by foul trouble, was held to six points, five rebounds and six assists in 21 minutes. Portland Trail Blazers 125 – Denver Nuggets 115Damian Lillard recorded 45 points and 12 assists and matched his career high of 11 3-point baskets to lead Portland to a victory over Denver.Gary Trent Jr. added 27 points and matched his career best of seven 3-pointers as the Trail Blazers moved within a half-game of the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference playoff derby. Michael Porter Jr. registered 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Jerami Grant scored 18 points for the Nuggets. Denver played without starting guards Jamal Murray (hamstring) and Gary Harris (hip) and starting small forward Will Barton (knee) for the fourth straight game. Coach Mike Malone sat most of his starters other than Porter down the stretch.Houston Rockets 113 – Los Angeles Lakers 97James Harden paired 39 points with 12 assists, and Houston claimed the season series against Los Angeles. Harden added eight rebounds and three steals to his ledger in carrying the load with All-Star Russell Westbrook (right quad contusion) sidelined. Ben McLemore (20 points) and Jeff Green (15 points) helped with a combined 8-for-20 3-point shooting. The Rockets hit 21 of 57 attempts from deep.The Lakers played without LeBron James (sore right groin) and continued their offensive struggles. Anthony Davis posted 17 points and 12 rebounds but also committed seven turnovers, while Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers, who shot 2 of 19 on 3-pointers, with 21 points.Phoenix Suns 114 – Indiana Pacers 99 A run of 21 unanswered points spanning the third and fourth quarters powered Phoenix to a win over Indiana in seeding-round competition.The Suns moved to a perfect 4-0 since the restart from the COVID-19 hiatus, and did so trailing for less than three total minutes against a Pacers team that came into the matchup also undefeated through three games in the Orlando-area bubble.Cameron Payne led the Phoenix reserves in igniting the decisive run, scoring 12 of his 15 points over that stretch. Dario Saric added another 16 points off the bench, as the Suns’ 34-16 scoring advantage from the backups made the difference. Indiana’s Malcolm Brogdon led all scorers with 25 points and helped buoy a fourth-quarter rally.Sacramento Kings 140 – New Orleans Pelicans 125 Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a career-best 35 points as Sacramento got its first victory of the NBA restart, defeating New Orleans.De’Aaron Fox added 30 points and 10 assists, Harrison Barnes scored 22, Nemanja Bjelica had 11 and Cory Joseph 10 as the Kings ended a three-game losing streak in the restart.Zion Williamson scored 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting in 22 minutes, and Brandon Ingram also had 24 for the Pelicans, who dropped to 1-3 in the restart. Los Angeles Clippers 126 – Dallas Mavericks 111Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for two hoops in a nine-point, tiebreaking flurry midway through the fourth quarter, propelling Los Angeles to a victory over Dallas.Leonard finished with a team-high 29 points, and George had 24 for the Clippers, who earned just their second win in four games in the central Florida bubble. Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and nine rebounds, and Luka Doncic scored 29 points for the Mavericks, who took their third loss in four games.last_img read more

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Tillman quietly pitching like ace all summer for first-place Orioles

first_imgBALTIMORE — Five home runs and a sparkling defensive play by Adam Jones understandably drew the attention in the Orioles’ 9-1 win over Tampa Bay to snap a three-game losing streak Monday, but it’s been one of those seasons for starting pitcher Chris Tillman.Improving his record to 11-5 and improving his streak of consecutive starts allowing three or fewer earned runs to 15, Tillman hasn’t received the same accolades he did a year ago when he was named to his first All-Star team. The 26-year-old doesn’t light up a box score with gaudy strikeout numbers, but his results have been consistent throughout the summer for the first-place Orioles.“It comes back to being confident in my delivery,” said Tillman, who allowed one unearned run and three hits in seven innings against the Rays. “When you trust your delivery, you are not afraid to throw any pitch in any count.”It was less than three months ago when Tillman’s mechanics were failing him as his early-inning woes knocked him out of games, making many wonder whether his impressive 16-win season from a year ago was more aberration than breakthrough. Following a disastrous one-inning start against Texas on June 5 — the second time in four outings in which he’d been chased before recording an out in the second inning — Tillman’s ERA had ballooned to 5.20, a mark higher than even that of the maligned Ubaldo Jimenez.Whether it was finally getting over a nagging groin issue or simply working on repeating his delivery with pitching coach Dave Wallace, Tillman has been a different pitcher ever since while posting a 2.15 ERA in his last 100 2/3 innings spanning 15 starts. Only twice over the last 15 starts has Tillman failed to complete at least six innings, and the Orioles have gone 10-5 when Tillman has taken the hill over that stretch.On Monday, Tillman lowered his season ERA to 3.41 and improved to 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in three starts spanning 21 innings against the Rays in 2014.“One of the keys is you see him carry a crisp fastball early in the game,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s had that for a while now — knock on wood. That’s usually an indicator. And the curveball is of use to him. He can get it in there.”After so much discussion about Oakland acquiring Jon Lester and Detroit trading for David Price while the Orioles did not add a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, Tillman’s 2.15 ERA over his last 15 starts — close to a half season — stacks up favorably to Price (2.08 in 117 innings) and Lester (1.89 in 104 2/3 innings) over their last 15 outings split between their former and current clubs.Tillman’s inconsistent start to the season forced him to play catchup for much of the summer, but there should be no debating who would take the ball for Showalter in Game 1 of a playoff series. That wasn’t the case three months ago when some clamored for Tillman to be placed on the disabled list or even to be sent to the bullpen to straighten out his woes.Of course, the tall right-hander hasn’t been alone as the Baltimore pitching staff has sometimes carried an uneven offense that entered Monday ranking last in the American League in batting average (.231) and on-base percentage (.284) since the All-Star break while still leading the majors in home runs. But Tillman has been at the head of the class in a rotation that may not scare you in the same way that Oakland’s or Detroit’s does, but it’s a group that continues to produce results just like Tillman did Monday night.“Every fifth day, all our pitchers have been good,” shortstop J.J. Hardy said. “But every fifth day when he takes the mound, we feel like we have a great chance to win.”last_img read more

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Ancelotti: Our squad can cope

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti says Chelsea’s squad is strong enough to cope with four matches in 10 days.Some believe that Chelsea no longer have the strength in depth to handle the kind of injuries that have coincided with their worst run in the Premier League for more than a decade.But manager Ancelotti is adamant that now all his key players have returned, there was no reason why they could not get their title challenge back on track, starting at Arsenal on Monday.“We had a problem because we had, at the same time, a lot of players injured,” said the Italian, whose side have won just one of their last seven league matches to slump from top to fourth.And Ancelotti backed his fledglings, saying: “When you are not in a good moment, it’s very difficult to put in the young players because you don’t want to put responsibility on their shoulders.“But now it’s different. The squad is good, the players are in good condition, players without injury, and the squad is enough in this moment to play this game well – at our best.” Sunday’s postponed match with Manchester United means Chelsea could find themselves six points behind the leaders when they take to the field on Monday.“We don’t want that gap to widen, so it’s important to obtain an important result in this game,” said Ancelotti, who will give his players Christmas Day off this year.Source; Premierleague.coMlast_img read more

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Kid tricks NBA cameraman into showing ‘Stand With Hong Kong’ T-shirt

first_imgA kid was able to trick a cameraman during a Dance Cam segment Tuesday night at the Staples Center during the season opener between the Lakers and Clippers.MORE: LeBron faces backlash for comments on NBA-China controversy On the first night of NBA action, we saw plenty of discussion around this topic, and you can likely expect it to continue throughout the 2019-20 season. The kid could be seen at first holding two T-shirts. In front was a red Clippers shirt, but beneath that was a black shirt with yellow text that reads, “Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong.” That’s the same phrase that was used in the tweet sent by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey on Oct. 4, which caused a rift between the NBA and China. (More on that here.)Morey’s tweet also caused a reaction by LeBron James, who called the GM’s tweet “misinformed.” James, of course, was in the Staples Center during Tuesday’s game between the Lakers and Clippers, so the topic was relevant.Getty Images show T-shirts like the one held up by the kid being distributed outside of the arena before the game. Images also show protesters mocking James with various Photoshops and messages. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ce/76/lebron-2_hzn2urtfz8121411nyqnilk73.png?t=-124642675&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c/fb/lebron-1_1h4jrpmbvz8cu1ejlw9xqe1pnx.png?t=-124642675&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

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Utah Utes basketball: Utes batter Rams, tied for first place

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com Who would have guessed that the Utah men’s basketball team would find itself in first place in the Mountain West Conference at some point this season?Certainly not after early-season losses to Southwest Baptist and Idaho State, but that’s where the Utes find themselves after Saturday’s 82-66 victory over Colorado State at the Huntsman Center.The Utes improved to 3-1 in MWC play and 12-6 overall and are tied with another surprising team, TCU, at the top of the standings. Of course, there’s a long way to go, but for now, the Utes are happy to be at the top of the heap.”It’s a good thing — since I’ve been here, I’ve never been in first place in anything,” said Lawrence Borha, who led the Utes with 20 points and sank two big 3-pointers when the game was still on the line.”It’s a good feeling. We need to stay on top and get some road wins and keep (winning) at home.””It means we’ve got a very competitive league, and it means we have a good team,” said Utah coach Jim Boylen of being tied for first.This was a game the Utes expected to win, but the Rams aren’t the same team that went 0-16 in the league a year ago. Just three nights earlier, they knocked off the MWC preseason favorite, UNLV, in Fort Collins, and they stayed with the Utes until the final three minutes.The Utes jumped out to an early 11-point lead, saw the Rams come back to take a brief two-point lead, then opened it up in the second half thanks to some stellar defensive play.”I thought we came out of the halftime focused,” Boylen said. “Lawrence Borha is the best defender in the league, and I thought what he did on (Marcus) Walker in the second half set the tone. Our second-half defense was as good as it’s been.”Walker is the Rams’ leading scorer at 15 points per game, and, at halftime, he had nine points on 2-of-5 shooting. However, when the game ended, he still had nine points as he missed all six of his second-half shots, thanks in part to the defense of Borha.Boylen said Borha plays better offensively when he plays well defensively, and Borha agrees.”My mind is to go in there and be a defensive stopper and, if I get an open shot, knock it down,” Borha said.That’s what Borha did late in the game, with the Utes leading just 68-61 after not scoring for nearly four minutes. Carlon Brown drove the middle and found Borha alone in the left corner, from where he swished a 3-pointer. Then after a CSU miss at the other end, Tyler Kepkay found Brown in the exact same spot and he drilled another to make it 74-61 with 2:36 left.”They were in a zone, and Carlon and Kepkay did a good job of driving the ball … and I was wide open in the corner,” Borha said.Besides Borha, Luke Nevill had a good game for the Utes with 19 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots. Blocking six shots was not only a career game-high for Nevill but made him the Utes’ all-time blocked shots leader with 161, passing Mitch Smith.”I love what Luke’s doing defensively,” said Boylen “I think he should have had three more, but we’ll take the six.”Kepkay and Brown both had excellent games as Kepkay had 17 points and five rebounds off the bench, while Brown flirted with a triple-double for the second time this month, finishing with 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.The Rams got a good effort from forward Andy Ogide, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Harvey Perry, who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Perry, who played for Utah assistant Barret Peery at College of Southern Idaho last year, sank 4-of-6 3-pointers after coming into the game 3-for-16 on the season.GAME NOTES: The Utes have just one game this week, on Saturday afternoon at UNLV, before returning home for a pair of games the following week at home against BYU and New Mexico. … Morgan Grim started in place of injured Kim Tillie, who sat out for the second straight game, and finished with five points and five rebounds. … The Utes, who came into the game as the No. 4-ranked free throw shooting team in the nation, sank 20-of-24 from the line. … Jonathan Downie, a walk-on from Bountiful, made the first basket of his career with 30 seconds left. last_img read more

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Cream get their dues

first_imgBy BRIDGET SCOTT SOME of Lang Lang’s most committed community citizens were rewarded for their hard work and dedication on…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img