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James Debono is MaltaToday's chief reporter on environment, planning and land use issues, and one of the newspaper's main political analysts. Apart from blogging regularly on politics, James Debono won the IGM national press awards' environmental reporter of the year in 2011 for his report showing how a beverage company that extracted over 51,000 of cubic metres of water every year from the national water table for free, was awarded an environmental award by the University of Malta. Debono also heads Mediatoday's survey unit, which has conducted polls on all electoral appointments since 2008, correctly predicting the outcome of all elections and the 2011 divorce referendum.

He read history and obtained his Masters' degree from the University of Malta, and in the past worked for TV production house Where's Everybody before joining MaltaToday in 2005. A co-founder of Moviment Graffitti and active in Moviment ghall-Ambjent, he served as a media officer for Alternattiva Demokratika - the Green Party. James is married and has a son. His interests include listening to music and reading.
Maghtab to host 22,000 solar panels
Energy 09:00

A solar farm hosting 22,000 photovoltaic panels will be developed on land previously earmarked for landscaping with indigenous shrubs and trees, and is expected to produce enough energy to cater for the needs of 850 households

2018 is make-or-break for the environment. Hibernation is not an option
Blogs 18-01

The 2018 election is the prelude to new development boundaries. Environmentalists must set partisan grudges aside and engage with the political class in this make-or-break election for the Maltese environment

[ANALYSIS] EU Presidency: Joseph’s washing machine, Simon’s punching bag
National 17-01

There are a number of historical ironies in the pitch adopted by Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat as Malta started its six-month term of the rotating EU Presidency, a year before general elections

Luqa council protests plan for 250-unit project
Townscapes 16-01

The Luqa local council has called on the Planning Authority to assess five different applications for residential development as one, as well as calling for 'landscaping and embellishment of the area'

Medical study calls for mandatory helmets for children
Health 13-01

A report in the Malta Medical Journal proposes that it should be mandatory for children to wear helmets when riding a bike, but it also advises against mandatory helmets for adults as this may result in decline in number of cyclists

[ANALYSIS] The Salvu Mallia paradox
National 12-01

Salvu Mallia was introduced by Simon Busuttil as a role model for switchers and floaters. But what does his cocktail of social liberalism and Muscatophobia, say about the PN’s identity in 2017?

Students of religious studies confuse chastity with celibacy
National 11-01

Students’ belief that masturbation is a sin against chastity tallied with the official catechism of the Catholic Church, but other Matsec candidates still confuse chastity with celibacy, and others believed chastity only pertained to priests or religious people

‘Mutilation’ of Mrabat stately home set for approval
Townscapes 11-01

A stately home in Sliema is one step nearer to get an additional storey right on top, and a six-storey block of apartments on its grounds after the Planning Directorate recommended the approval of the application presented on behalf of the Bilom Group

New local plans likely after general election
Townscapes 09-01

No date for new local plans to tweak development boundaries, fuelling speculation they will only come in place after the next general electio

SEC exams: girls outperform boys again
Data & Surveys 06-01

Girls fare better in most subjects when it comes to SEC examinations

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