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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Private nurseries in Scotland face funding crisis amid council cuts

Private nurseries in Scotland face funding crisis amid council cuts

Private childcare providers in Scotland are struggling to survive as they face significant underfunding from local councils, according to a new report by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Scotland. Funding gap widens between private and public nurseries The report, based on a survey of 200 private nurseries across Scotland, found that the average funding rate for three and four-year-olds was £5.31 per hour, which was 17% lower than the average cost of delivering the service. This means that private nurseries are losing an average of £1,029 per funded child per year. In contrast, the average funding rate for council-run nurseries…
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Scotland sees sharp decline in births amid pandemic

Scotland sees sharp decline in births amid pandemic

National Records of Scotland releases new data According to the latest data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS), the number of births registered in Scotland in the first half of 2023 was 7.5% lower than the same period in 2022. This is the lowest number of births recorded in the first six months of any year since 1855, when civil registration began. The NRS said that the drop in births was likely influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic, which had a significant impact on people’s lives and decisions. The NRS also noted that the fertility rate in Scotland has been declining for…
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UK workers demand day off as heatwave hits 30C

UK workers demand day off as heatwave hits 30C

As the UK faces a record-breaking heatwave, many workers are calling for a day off if the workplace temperature exceeds 30C. A new report by the Fabian Society, a political think tank, has recommended that the government introduce new legislation to protect workers from the health risks of extreme heat. The impact of climate crisis on workers The report, titled Hotting Up: The Climate Crisis and the World of Work, warns that the climate crisis will have a significant impact on workers’ health, safety and productivity. It cites evidence that high temperatures can cause heat stress, dehydration, exhaustion, fainting, heat stroke…
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Scotland’s Housing Crisis: Council House Construction Drops by 50% in a Year

Scotland’s Housing Crisis: Council House Construction Drops by 50% in a Year

The number of council houses being built in Scotland has fallen by half in just one year, according to the latest statistics from the Scottish Government. This alarming decline has raised concerns about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Brexit transition on the housing sector, as well as the ability of the government to meet its ambitious targets for affordable and social housing. Covid-19 and Brexit: A Double Blow for the Housing Sector The Scottish Government’s Housing Statistics for Scotland 2023 show that the total number of new homes completed in Scotland in the year to June 2023 was…
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Cancer risk from popular American snacks, warns Trading Standards

Cancer risk from popular American snacks, warns Trading Standards

Imported Mountain Dew, Swedish Fish and Jolly Ranchers contain banned additives Consumers in Scotland are being warned about the potential health risks of buying imported American snacks online or from local shops. Trading Standards officers have found that some popular products such as Mountain Dew, Swedish Fish and Jolly Ranchers contain artificial colours that are banned in the EU due to their link to cancer. The banned additives are known as azo dyes and they include Allura Red (E129), Sunset Yellow (E110), Tartrazine (E102) and Ponceau 4R (E124). These colours are widely used in the US food industry to make products more appealing, but they have been…
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Murder investigation launched after teacher’s body found in canal

Murder investigation launched after teacher’s body found in canal

The body of a 29-year-old teacher who was reported missing on Monday was discovered in a canal in Staffordshire, sparking a murder probe by the police. Tributes pour in for ‘beloved’ teacher Robert Morris, who taught at Stoke-on-Trent College, was last seen leaving his home in Newcastle-under-Lyme on Monday morning. His family and friends launched a desperate appeal for his whereabouts, describing him as a "beloved son, brother, uncle, friend and teacher". On Wednesday, his body was found in the Trent and Mersey Canal near Stone by a member of the public. A post-mortem examination revealed that he had suffered a head injury and his death was treated as suspicious. His…
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Van crashes into house in Fife, causing evacuation and road closure

Van crashes into house in Fife, causing evacuation and road closure

What happened? A van collided with a house on Overton Mains in Kirkaldy, Fife, on Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of several houses and the closure of Spey Avenue. Police Scotland said the incident happened around 4.30pm and no one was injured. The driver of the van, a 34-year-old man, was arrested and charged with various offences, including careless driving and driving without insurance. He is due to appear at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Wednesday. How did the residents react? The residents of the house that was hit by the van were not at home at the time of the crash,…
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Edinburgh Academy faces inquiry over decades of abuse allegations

Edinburgh Academy faces inquiry over decades of abuse allegations

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will hear from dozens of former pupils who claim they were sexually and physically abused at Edinburgh Academy, one of Scotland’s most prestigious private schools. Survivors speak out The inquiry, which has been investigating residential care provisions at boarding schools for several years, will focus on Edinburgh Academy from August 8. Eighteen former teachers and staff members at the school have been accused of molesting pupils between 1960 and 2000. There will be 30 witnesses attending in person with a further 20 witness statements at the hearings. Some of the survivors have formed a group…
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Glenshee: The Fairy-Tale Ski Resort of Scotland

Glenshee: The Fairy-Tale Ski Resort of Scotland

Glenshee, the largest ski resort in the UK, is a winter wonderland that offers a magical skiing experience for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. With more than 2,000 acres of terrain, 21 lifts and tows, and 40 km of pistes, Glenshee has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for gentle slopes, challenging runs, or off-piste adventures, Glenshee has it all. A History of Glenshee Glenshee, which means “Glen of the Fairies” in Gaelic, has a long and rich history of skiing. The first recorded ski descent of the glen was in 1931, when a group of enthusiasts from…
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Same Team: A Play About Homeless Women’s Football Dreams

Same Team: A Play About Homeless Women’s Football Dreams

The Traverse Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere of Same Team, a play that follows the journey of five homeless women in Dundee who aspire to win the Homeless Football World Cup in Milan. The Inspiration Behind the Play Same Team is a collaboration between playwrights Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse, and the women of the Dundee Change Centre, a project that uses football as a tool for social change and empowerment. The play is based on the real stories and experiences of the women, who shared their challenges, hopes and dreams with the writers. The play is directed…
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