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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English Restaurant Chain Expands to Scotland with New Edinburgh Outlet

English Restaurant Chain Expands to Scotland with New Edinburgh Outlet

The popular English restaurant chain, The Ivy Collection, has announced its plans to open its first Scottish location in Edinburgh next year. The new outlet will be located in the former Bank of Scotland building on St Andrew Square, and will offer a variety of dishes and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Ivy Collection: A Brief History The Ivy Collection is a group of restaurants, brasseries, and cafes that originated from the famous London restaurant, The Ivy. The Ivy was established in 1917 by Abel Giandolini, and soon became a favourite haunt for celebrities, politicians, and royalty. The…
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A rare moss species reappears in Scotland after more than a decade

A rare moss species reappears in Scotland after more than a decade

The discovery of round-leaved bryum at a reservoir near Edinburgh sparks hope for its conservation A critically endangered moss species, known as round-leaved bryum, has been found growing at a reservoir near Edinburgh for the first time in 13 years. The moss, which has a distinctive round shape and forms dense cushions on wet rocks, is one of the rarest plants in the UK and has only been recorded at four other locations in Scotland. The moss was spotted by Dr David Long, a bryologist and honorary research associate at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), who was conducting a…
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A9 dualling project faces further delays amid budget cuts and legal challenges

A9 dualling project faces further delays amid budget cuts and legal challenges

The Scottish Government’s ambitious plan to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness by 2025 is in jeopardy, as new documents reveal that ministers were warned of the risks of missing the deadline as early as 2018. Budget cuts and Covid-19 impact the project The A9 dualling project is one of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects in Scotland, aiming to improve road safety, reduce journey times, and boost the economy of the Highlands and Islands. The project involves upgrading 80 miles of single carriageway to dual carriageway, at an estimated cost of £3 billion. However, the project has…
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Scottish workers face uncertainty as plastics factory announces closure

Scottish workers face uncertainty as plastics factory announces closure

More than 100 employees at a plastics manufacturing plant in Scotland are facing the risk of losing their jobs as the company plans to shut down its operations by the end of the year. The decision was announced by Berry Global, a US-based multinational corporation that produces plastic packaging and products for various industries. Reasons for the closure According to the company, the closure of the plant in Livingston, West Lothian, is due to the declining demand for some of the products that are made there, such as plastic cups and lids. The company also cited the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its business,…
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A New Life for Prestwick’s Historic Cinema

A New Life for Prestwick’s Historic Cinema

A Landmark of Scottish Culture The Prestwick Picture House, a cinema that has been a part of the town’s history and culture for over a century, is set to be restored and reopened after receiving a grant of £1.2 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The cinema, which was built in 1913 and is one of the oldest surviving cinemas in Scotland, has been closed since 2019 due to structural issues and lack of funds. The restoration project, led by the Prestwick Picture House Trust, aims to preserve the cinema’s unique features and heritage, while also making it a…
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UK Government to monitor bank accounts of benefit claimants

UK Government to monitor bank accounts of benefit claimants

The UK Government is planning to introduce a new law that would allow the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to access the bank accounts of benefit claimants and check for fraud. The law change is expected to be announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement later this month. Why is the Government doing this? The Government claims that the new law would save the taxpayer £500 million in the first five years by cracking down on so-called “benefits cheats” who are fraudulently claiming benefits while sitting on savings. The Government is concerned about the number of people on out-of-work benefits,…
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UK Government faces legal challenge over asylum accommodation policy

UK Government faces legal challenge over asylum accommodation policy

The UK Government is being sued by a group of asylum seekers who claim that its policy of allocating accommodation on a no-choice basis violates their human rights. The group, represented by the law firm Leigh Day, argues that the policy fails to take into account the specific needs and preferences of asylum seekers, such as their health, safety, family ties, and access to legal advice. The policy of no-choice accommodation According to the Home Office, the policy of no-choice accommodation is intended to provide asylum seekers with accommodation in areas where there is a ready supply, and to avoid…
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Scottish Foreign Office base closure sparks outrage in Holyrood

Scottish Foreign Office base closure sparks outrage in Holyrood

The decision by the UK government to close the Scottish Foreign Office base in East Kilbride has been met with anger and disbelief by the Scottish government and opposition parties. The move, which will affect around 1,000 staff, was announced by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday, without any consultation with the Scottish government or the local council. A betrayal of Scotland’s role in the world The Scottish Foreign Office base, which was established in 1999, handles a range of functions, including international development, consular services, and diplomatic relations. It is also home to the UK’s International Climate Finance team,…
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SNP MP accuses BBC of ‘silencing’ her after heated interview with chair candidate

SNP MP accuses BBC of ‘silencing’ her after heated interview with chair candidate

BBC withdraws invitation for SNP MP to appear on Radio 4 programme SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC has claimed that the BBC has ‘cancelled’ her appearance on a Radio 4 programme after she grilled a candidate for the BBC chair position. Cherry, who is the SNP’s spokesperson for home affairs and justice, was due to appear on the Today programme on Friday morning, but was informed by the producers that they had changed their plans. Cherry said that she was told that the BBC had decided to focus on the Covid-19 situation instead, and that they would invite her another time. However, she suspected that the real reason for the withdrawal…
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Michael Pedersen: The poet who ignites creativity at Edinburgh University

Michael Pedersen: The poet who ignites creativity at Edinburgh University

Michael Pedersen is not your typical academic. He is a poet, a non-fiction writer, a literary event organiser, and a friend of celebrities. He is also the newest Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh, a prestigious role that has been held by some of the most acclaimed authors in Scotland and beyond. From a wisp of a flame to a bonfire in the belly Pedersen’s passion for writing started when he was a teenager, inspired by his English teacher at Portobello High School. “Something sparked,” he recalls. “Just a wisp of a flame at first, a candle’s worth, could…
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