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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.
Attard residents fear Roseville elderly home extension
Townscapes 01-11

The PA’s new planning policy allows two extra storeys on old people’s homes located inside UCA (urban conservation areas) as well as on scheduled buildings

Nursery homes away from urban areas isolating old people
Townscapes 26-10

Retirement homes on the fringe of urban areas may discourage the elderly from going out and interact with the community, the PA has warned

Environment and Resources Authority objects to ‘obliteration’ of Villa Rosa valley bed
Environment 28-09

The Villa Rosa project, proposed by developer Anton Camilleri, would see the demolition of moynihan and dolphin houses, in order to make way for a mega underground car park, expected to accomodate over 1,500 cars

Animal hospital kiosk awaits Lands Authority’s permission
Townscapes 27-09

Planning Authority suspends application for 50 sq.m kiosk next to animal hospital in Ta’ Qali to allow the applicant to seek approval from the Lands Authority

Carmel Cacopardo and the Greens: Are they swimming against the tide?
National 26-09

Will Carmel Cacopardo’s distinctive style compensate for an obvious lack of charisma and power to inspire, and what does his elevation to party leader say about the party’s ability to regenerate itself?

What’s the number one global concern of the Maltese? Terrorism
National 22-09

Climate change came in third... a European Commission survey finds international terrorism is seen by 44% of the Maltese as the most serious problem facing the world

16th century ruins to make way for Kercem store
Townscapes 22-09

The planning authority has approved the construction of a 40 sq.m agricultural store, surrounded by a rubble wall instead of ruins possibly dated back to the 16th century, at the top of Ta' Ghar Ilma hill in Kercem

Policy on old people's homes paves way for extra storeys on historical buildings
Townscapes 22-09

New policy approved by government foresees 2 extra storeys on protected historical buildings including those with a Grade 2 listing, a grading which normally forbids any development except minor alterations.

PA defends ‘inside development zone’ status for Zonqor university
Townscapes 22-09

Despite a substantial part of the development of The American University of Malta at Zonqor Point being outside developmental zones, it is still being listed as being 'inside development zone'

Electric future awaits Malta’s mega fuel stations
Environment 21-09

After Muscat’s announcement on a shift to electric cars MaltaToday asked Ian Borg whether he will revise the policy which foresees more petrol stations in the ODZ

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