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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.
Transport Malta wants traffic study for Bahar ic-Caghaq beach plans
Townscapes 14-09

Plans for development of a part of the Coast Road that was left redundant include a large car park and beach facilities

Burning down the house: politicos whose road to power was outside the party
National 13-09

How far can Adrian Delia be seen as the local version of a wave of insurgent anti-establishment politicians taking the world by storm, and turning their political parties into fan clubs?

Controversial Maghtab mega fuel station back on agenda after appeals decision
Environment 13-09

3,500 square metre fuel station is placed back on PA’s agenda after appeals tribunal says no specific reason was given for refusal back in March 2016

[ANALYSIS] How Labour has spun the Delia insurgency inside the PN
National 13-09

Is the Nationalist newcomer contending for the PN leadership truly an example of caviar arrogance, or is he the PN’s folk hero? 

Hold your hogs! ‘Snout legal to put them on the leash
Nature 13-09

Pig as a pet? Forget taking Babe for a walk on a leash because swine are not allowed in any public place except for exhibitions

Petrol station and cafeteria proposed on agricultural land
Townscapes 08-09

Agricultural land along Triq Sir Temi Zammit, between Mosta and Mgarr is being earmarked by the Halmann Vellsix Group for the development of a petrol station, car wash and cafeteria

MaltaToday Survey | Concern on corruption drops by 22 points
Data & Surveys 07-09

Increase in concern over immigration, crime and over-development as political fatigue sets in and corruption drops in list of concerns

Free water no solution to water scarcity problems – hydrologist
Environment 07-09

The government will be offering the first 2,500 cubic metres of polished water derived from sewage treatment plants but hydrologist and water conservation campaigner Marco Cremona warns that this may further perpetuate the myth that water is an abundant and free good

14-storey hotel approved in Sliema
Townscapes 07-09

The Planning Authority has approved the demolition of the Sliema Hotel, to make way for a new 14-storey, four star hotel approved on the basis of three different height polices approved in past years.

Marsaxlokk hotel approved instead of Southport restaurant on town promenade
Townscapes 01-09

The Planning Directorate  described plans for the hotel  which include the demolition of the townhouse retaining part of the facade as  'a good example in urban regeneration'

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