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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.
McDonald's wants ODZ land near airport for relocation
Townscapes 14-07

A new McDonald's drive-in restaurant is being proposed on a massive 7,002 square metre piece of land – the size of a football pitch – outside the development zones facing a roundabout in the vicinity of the airport’s Skyparks complex

Updated | Planning Authority gives Westin four new storeys
Townscapes 13-07

The permit, which will see the addition of 33 suites, 21 standard rooms and three grand hotel suites, was approved today.

Police to get power to build without permit
Townscapes 13-07

Home affairs minister Michael Farrugia is to be given widespread discretionary powers on development carried out by the police force on land under its 'operational control'

Sliema telephone exchange site earmarked for seven-storey block
Townscapes 13-07

A massive seven-storey development set on three basement levels is being proposed instead of a former telephone exchange building set in the corner between Parisio Street and Triq Moroni in Sliema

Gharb could get four fireworks factories
Townscapes 12-07

Over the past decade, the PA has approved two fireworks factories in Gharb, with two more factories being proposed in the village

New photomontages show Gzira skyline under shadow of Metropolis and 14 East high-rises
Townscapes 12-07

And to boot... the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage declares that fve new storeys on the 16-storey tower at the former United Garage siute in Gzira, will have no impact on views of Valletta

Gifts and revolving doors should be included in MPs’ code of conduct
Europe 11-07

GRECO, the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption watchdog, has reiterated its call on the Maltese authorities to revise the Code of Conduct for MPs

How Labour revved up Planning Authority permits before election
Townscapes 10-07

38 permits a day during intense five-week campaign when PA went ‘open all hours’ to accommodate applicants for development permits

Hotel proposed in Mellieha main square
Townscapes 07-07

The Superintendence for Cultural Heritage objected to demolition of the old house

[ANALYSIS] Is gay marriage Simon Busuttil’s last stand?
National 04-07

Simon Busuttil is determined to seal his legacy by stamping his feet to ensure PN support for gay marriage.  But will the party be tempted to retrench itself on conservative ground in its elusive search for identity after 2 consecutive defeats?

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