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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.
Gzira mayor: 29 storeys on Golden Harvest site is too much
Townscapes 08:25

Gzira mayor Conrad Borg Manché has expressed concern on the impact of a proposed 29-storey tower on the site of the Golden Harvest factory

Residents up in arms against Wied Incita development
Townscapes 07:56

Residents call on PA to stop quarrying illegalities before even considering development of warehouses and retail in Attard ODZ

MaltaToday survey | 67% of independent schools alumni don’t attend mass
Data & Surveys 25-04

Survey on religion suggests Sunday mass attendance falls according to the level of education attained

Stakes are high: crunch time on Egrant
National 23-04

The stakes are very high for all those involved including Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia.

ERA says no to kiosk outside Ta’ Qali animal clinic
Townscapes 21-04

The Environment and Resources Authority is objecting to an application for the construction of a kiosk on the grounds of the animal clinic in Ta’ Qali

Tribunal denounces PA’s arbitrary release of documents
Townscapes 21-04

A Planning Authority official confirmed that registered objectors to an application only have access to documents made available to the general public

ERA opposes Marsaskala shopping mall, ‘quarry should be reverted to agriculture’
Townscapes 21-04

The Environment and Resources Authority is objecting to a commercial and retail complex proposed in a long disused quarry opposite the Marsaskala Family Park

Hotel proposed next to site of ecological importance in Dingli
Townscapes 20-04

The Planning Directorate is recommending approval to convert a farm house into a 12-bedroom guesthouse with ancillary facilities

Qawra hotels target coastline for new development
Townscapes 20-04

The application includes a proposal to change the use of existing boathouses to store beach furniture and the laying of sunbeds on the beach

Shopping mad: Over 107,000 square metres of retail space awaits green light
Townscapes 19-04

New commercial projects and megastores could add floor areas of over 107,000 square metres to Malta’s heaving retail business: twice the area of Sliema’s and Valletta’s high streets. Is this a new retail bubble?

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