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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 to approve car park for unapproved St Julian’s high-rise
Townscapes 22-08

Gozitan developer Joseph Portelli may soon be granted a permit for a car park for a yet-to-be approved 15-storey tower next to the Intercontinental Hotel

Palumbo had no permit to export grit between 2012 and 2014, PA chief claims
Townscapes 16-08

“Palumbo did not have a permit to export grit from the country. So what happened to the grit produced in those two years? Obviously it was either laid under concrete or ended up in the sea”

Lands Authority had issued consent for Chiswick project at Pembroke
Townscapes 16-08

The Lands Authority had issued its consent for the development of the new Chiswick House School in an open field owned by the State in Pembroke

New 14-storey tower proposed in Gzira
Townscapes 15-08

Wembley ice-cream factory gets ‘Empire State’ redesign, while Paul & Rocco petrol station is now proposed for 14-storey tower

Four-storey block and showroom approved on Mosta archaeological site
Townscapes 14-08

Development approved because Superintendence of Cultural Heritage did not object to proposal

PA asked to regularise ‘enclosure’ for pumas and monkeys
Townscapes 11-08

An application to regularise illegally developed animal enclosures, hosting two monkeys, two pumas and a number dog kennels, has been presented to the Planning Authority

120 million litres of water saved from leaks after WSC public awareness campaign
Environment 11-08

The equivalent of 60 million two-litre mineral water bottles were saved after letters were sent to 3,000 consumers alerting them of possible water leakages from their premises

Church school kids’ waists suffer effects of lower physical activity
Health 11-08

Girls attending Church schools have a significantly larger waist circumference, than boys in all types of schools and kids of both genders attending State and independent schools

Planning al fresco platform? Restaurants must cough up €4,192 for each parking space lost
Townscapes 10-08

Owners of demountable platforms erected to host al fresco diners will be expected to pay a “planning gain” amounting to twice the contribution they pay now for taking up parking spaces

ERA objects to Mdina road petrol station, just 400m down from nearest pump
Townscapes 10-08

The Environment and Resources Authority is objecting to the relocation of am urban petrol station’s licence on Valley Road, Msida to Mdina Road, Attard

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