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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.
PA grants permission to demolish two townhouses in Gozitan main square
Townscapes 23-06

The Planning Authority has approved the demolition of two townhouses in Zebbug's main square two days before election

Maltese among least to know meaning of warnings on chemical products
National 23-06

34% of the Maltese incorrectly think that an exclamation mark on chemical product means that it represents an environmental hazard

New plans submitted for abandoned hotel in Mellieha
Townscapes 23-06

New plans have been submitted for the demolition of an abandoned hotel known as the Festival Hotel in Mellieha

Hamrun kiosk set to carve parking spaces from square
Townscapes 22-06

The Planning Directorate is recommending the approval of a planning application proposing an extension to a kiosk in Pjazza San Pawl in Hamrun, despite clear deviations from policies regulating kiosks

Marsascala’s oldest building set for demolition
Townscapes 21-06

The Planning Authority has approved the demolition of Marsascala’s oldest building to make way for a restaurant and a new dwelling

Casual Elections: The favourites for the PN seats
Election 2017 21-06

PN casual elections today: Five seats, four districts, 30 candidates and 34 nominations

Hotel proposed on site of Dingli explosives depot
Townscapes 20-06

An application foresees the demolition of the existing licensed explosives factory in Dingli and its re-development into a resort and spa

The EU’s own army? 55% of Maltese say ‘yes’
National 20-06

55% of the Maltese say they favour the creation of an EU army, according to a survey held by the European Commission last April

Fate of Harq Hammiem cave still unclear
Townscapes 16-06

A report by the Environment and Resources Authority has warned that the risk of subsidence in the large subterranean cavern at Harq Hamiem remains unclear, and further studies are needed

[ANALYSIS] The new switchers in the 2017 elections
National 15-06

Surveys held before the general election had already shown two counter swings, one from the PN to the PL and one from the PL to the PN. But was the former underestimated and how could the PN have lost more of its voters than it had already done in 2013?

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