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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.
Glut of ODZ old people’s homes continues
Townscapes 03-08

Just 200m away from Naxxar’s recently-approved retirement home, the owner of a pig farm also wants to turn this land into an old people’s home: but it is policy loopholes that feed this takeover of ODZ land

AUM: Eight dorm blocks proposed at Zonqor
Townscapes 02-08

The American University of Malta at Zonqor Point will include eight dormitory blocks that will rise from four to nine levels

Planning Authority’s hide-and-seek on chairman’s salary
National 01-08

In May, the PA had directed MaltaToday to file the FOI request in the first place. Two months later, the PA refused the request

Tourism Authority cautiously supports new Kalanka hotel
Townscapes 29-07

The Malta Tourism Authority expresses reservations on height of proposed hotel but supports principle of redeveloping site of derelict hotel

On election eve, Planning Authority ‘regularised’ three times normal workload of planning illegalities
Townscapes 28-07

Illegalities regularised by the Planning Authority during the electoral campaign amounted to 588, 405 of which were issued in the final two weeks of the electoral campaign

Developers of American University of Malta request planning permission to start Zonqor campus
Townscapes 26-07

American University campus developers Sadeen have asked the Planning Authority to green-light the demolition of the former national swimming pool at Zonqor Point and to construct 'student halls' and sports facilities on ODZ land.

Planning Authority makes U-turn, website to allow searches by location
Townscapes 25-07

PA re-introduces search facility enabling users to search permits by location following a MaltaToday report and public criticism

Before Paceville masterplan, Portelli applies for Mercury House high-rise
Townscapes 25-07

The Gozitan developer Joe Portelli has formally presented a new application to redevelop the Mercury House site in Paceville, despite the masterplan for the neighbourhood having gone back to the drawing board

Meridien set to rise to 13 storeys
Townscapes 25-07

A proposed vertical extension of two and three storeys is being proposed on different parts of the already imposing Meridien hotel in St Julian’s, which visually dominates the Balluta Bay area

Smart City inked promise-of-sale on Shoreline land before MPs vote on masterplan changes
Townscapes 24-07

A promise-of-sale agreement between SmartCity Malta and the company Ricasoli Properties has already been signed for the sale of land to be developed into the luxury Shoreline apartments, despite changes to the Smart City masterplan not yet having been voted upon by Maltese MPs

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