Ishan Crawford

Prior to the position, Ishan was senior vice president, strategy & development for Cumbernauld-media Company since April 2013. He joined the Company in 2004 and has served in several corporate developments, business development and strategic planning roles for three chief executives. During that time, he helped transform the Company from a traditional U.S. media conglomerate into a global digital subscription service, unified by the journalism and brand of Cumbernauld-media.
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The Mystery of Ebenezer Scrooge’s Real-Life Inspiration

The Mystery of Ebenezer Scrooge’s Real-Life Inspiration

Ebenezer Scrooge is one of the most iconic characters in literature, created by Charles Dickens in his 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. The miserly and cold-hearted businessman who despises Christmas and is transformed by the visit of three spirits has become a symbol of redemption and festive spirit. But who was the real person behind this fictional character? And why did Dickens choose to name him after a Scottish corn merchant whose grave he stumbled upon in Edinburgh? The Misread Tombstone The story goes that in 1841, Dickens was visiting Edinburgh for a lecture and decided to take a walk…
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Head teacher criticises Scotland’s curriculum for being unclear and confusing

Head teacher criticises Scotland’s curriculum for being unclear and confusing

Scotland’s curriculum for school education has been challenged by a head teacher who claims it is vague and ambiguous, leaving schools unsure about what to teach and how to assess students. Curriculum for Excellence under scrutiny The head teacher, who wishes to remain anonymous, has written a letter to the Scottish government, expressing his concerns about the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), which aims to provide a holistic, coherent, and future-oriented approach to learning between the ages of 3 and 18. The letter, which was obtained by The Scotsman, states that the CfE is “thoroughly confused” and “lacks clarity, coherence, and…
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Free Bus Travel in Aberdeen for January Weekends

Free Bus Travel in Aberdeen for January Weekends

A New Year Gift for Commuters First Bus and Stagecoach, the two major bus operators in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, have announced that they will offer free bus travel across the region every weekend in January 2023. This is a part of a joint initiative to encourage more people to use public transport and reduce carbon emissions. The free bus travel will be available on all First Bus and Stagecoach services within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, including the night bus services, from Saturday 6th January to Sunday 28th January 2023. The bus operators have teamed up with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council,…
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Climate activist jailed for damaging Constable painting at National Gallery

Climate activist jailed for damaging Constable painting at National Gallery

A climate activist who glued himself to the frame of John Constable’s The Hay Wain and taped posters on it has been sentenced to six months in prison for criminal damage. Eben Lazarus, 28, was one of two members of Just Stop Oil who targeted the famous painting at the National Gallery in London on 14 October 2023. A ‘shock’ sentence for a peaceful protest Lazarus, a software engineer from Bristol, pleaded guilty to causing £10,000 worth of damage to the 19th-century masterpiece, which he said was part of a peaceful protest against the oil industry. He told Westminster Magistrates’…
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Israeli drone strike injures Al Jazeera journalist in Gaza

Israeli drone strike injures Al Jazeera journalist in Gaza

Journalist wounded while covering protests Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Wael al-Dahdouh was injured by shrapnel from an Israeli drone strike while covering protests near the Gaza-Israel border on Friday. He was hit in the leg and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The journalist was reporting on the ongoing demonstrations by Palestinians who demand an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the right of return for refugees. The protests, which began in March 2023, have been met with lethal force by the Israeli army, killing more than 300 Palestinians and injuring over 17,000. Al-Dahdouh, who has been working for…
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Captive-bred wildcats released in Cairngorms to save the species

Captive-bred wildcats released in Cairngorms to save the species

A new hope for the ‘Highland Tiger’ The Scottish wildcat, also known as the ‘Highland Tiger’, is one of the most endangered mammals in the world. It is estimated that fewer than 100 individuals remain in the wild, mainly due to hybridisation with feral domestic cats, disease and habitat loss. However, a new project aims to reverse the decline of this iconic species by releasing captive-bred wildcats into the Cairngorms National Park, the UK’s largest and most biodiverse protected area. The Saving Wildcats project, led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), began introducing the 22 cats to the…
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Scottish activists demand Leonardo UK to stop supplying arms to Israel

Scottish activists demand Leonardo UK to stop supplying arms to Israel

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (SCND) has launched a campaign to pressure Leonardo UK, a defence company based in Edinburgh, to stop providing arms and equipment to Israel. The campaign comes amid the ongoing violence and human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories. Leonardo UK’s role in arming Israel Leonardo UK is a subsidiary of Leonardo S.p.A., an Italian multinational company that specialises in aerospace, defence and security. Leonardo UK has several sites across Scotland, including in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness. The company employs over 2,000 people in Scotland and contributes to the local economy. However, Leonardo…
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Israel apologizes for killing its own hostages in botched rescue operation

Israel apologizes for killing its own hostages in botched rescue operation

A tragic mistake Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has issued a public apology for the death of 12 Israeli hostages who were killed by friendly fire during a failed rescue attempt in Gaza on Friday. The hostages were among the 248 Israelis who were abducted by Hamas terrorists during a massive attack on southern Israel on October 7, 2023. The attack, which was the deadliest in Israel’s history, claimed the lives of more than 1,300 Israelis, mostly civilians, and injured over 3,000 others. Gallant said that the rescue operation was launched after receiving credible intelligence that the hostages were being…
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How the Scottish Budget could affect London’s population

How the Scottish Budget could affect London’s population

The Scottish Government has announced its budget for 2023-24, which includes some significant changes to the tax system. The budget proposes to increase the income tax rates for the higher and top earners, while freezing the basic and intermediate rates. It also plans to raise the land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) threshold for residential property purchases, and introduce a new levy on vacant and derelict land. These measures are aimed at raising revenue for public services and tackling inequality and climate change. However, some critics have argued that the tax changes could have unintended consequences, such as driving people…
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Food Banks Face Unprecedented Demand as Political Parties Make Light of the Crisis

Food Banks Face Unprecedented Demand as Political Parties Make Light of the Crisis

The rising demand for food banks in the UK has reached alarming levels, as more and more people struggle to afford basic necessities amid the ongoing economic and social fallout of the pandemic. However, instead of addressing the issue with seriousness and compassion, some politicians have resorted to making jokes and trivialising the plight of the hungry and the poor. The Shocking Statistics of Food Insecurity According to the Trussell Trust, a charity that runs a network of food banks across the UK, there has been a 128% increase in the number of emergency food parcels distributed in the first…
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