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Sabreena Merchant interviewing Sparks head coach and five-time NBA champion with the Lakers, Derek Fisher

Two young Ismailis, Shams Charania and Sabreena Merchant, are now in the forefront of reporting for the National Basketball Association (NBA).

There are twenty seconds left and you are at the edge of your seat. It could be anyone's match and suddenly there is a power outage. You suddenly remember that you follow Shams Charania and Sabreena Merchant on Twitter, among the most-followed and high-profiled NBA-reporters in the business. And as you realize that your team has won, you get the satisfaction of being the first to message your friends as you heard it directly from the best in the industry.

The Jamat is advised that heat advisories and excessive heat warnings are in place for much of the Northeast Region. In several areas, heat indexes over 100 degrees may be experienced during daylight hours through this weekend.
Taimur Moolji (left) and Saif Moolji (right), pose alongside their Coach Mr. Matthew Salah

Two Ismaili students from Manhattan Jamatkhana reached the semi-finals of the public forum debate category, beating the second and third-ranked teams in the nation, at the Harvard National High School Invitational Forensics Tournament held in Cambridge on President’s Day weekend.

Midwest AKYSB Honorary Secretary Amyna Visram congratulating all the athletes for their sportsmanship at the  Closing Ceremonies.

“Having team members from different Jamatkhanas and ages allowed me to learn from and interact with people that I usually wouldn’t,” said Arisha Keshwani, an athlete playing co-ed volleyball for the first time. This year’s tournament was especially unique for the diversity among the athletes, who ranged in age from 7 to 65, and experienced or novice. Similar to last year’s format, volleyball was offered as individual registrations so athletes of all skill levels and age groups could play together.

Hasan-uddin Khan, Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University, Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard Graduate School of Design and principal at RMA Architects and Dr. Nasser Rabat, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture at MIT, share their views of the development of the impact of the AKAA on Architecture and the development of AKAA over its forty year history.

The Ismaili Council for the Northeast and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) hosted a panel discussion exploring the history and significance of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA). The standing-room-only event on October 4, 2018, closed out a three-month exhibition of “Design for Diversity” at BSA Space which highlighted the winners and shortlisted works from the 2014-2016 cycle of the AKAA.

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