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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 18-year-old refusal hangs on latest attempt to re-develop Dingli site
Townscapes 30-06

An application foresees the demolition of the existing licensed explosives factory in Dingli and its re-development into a resort and spa, but the PA set a precedent by refusing a similar development 17 years ago

Tunnel connecting proposed hotel to Kalanka bay could undermine cliff stability
Environment 28-06

An environmental impact assessment has proposed ommitting a tunnel from plans to connect a proposed hotel at Kalanka to the beach

Property company wants stables in Birguma
Townscapes 28-06

Landmark Properties Limited is seeking a permit for the construction of four stables, a tack room, a bedding room, a fodder room and a manure clamp in a rural area in Birguma in Naxxar

[ANALYSIS] PN leadership: A party on the beach?
National 27-06

The Nationalist Party’s new leader will be elected on 16 September, in time for the PN’s annual Independence Day festivities. Why the rush? asks James Debono

It’s either high-rise or a bigger Jerma, councillors told
Townscapes 26-06

Developers are giving Marsaskala residents two options with regard to the redevelopment of the Jerma site: either increase the density of the existing building or opt for a 28-storey high-rise development

PA grants permission to demolish two townhouses in Gozitan main square
Townscapes 23-06

The Planning Authority has approved the demolition of two townhouses in Zebbug's main square two days before election

Maltese among least to know meaning of warnings on chemical products
National 23-06

34% of the Maltese incorrectly think that an exclamation mark on chemical product means that it represents an environmental hazard

New plans submitted for abandoned hotel in Mellieha
Townscapes 23-06

New plans have been submitted for the demolition of an abandoned hotel known as the Festival Hotel in Mellieha

Hamrun kiosk set to carve parking spaces from square
Townscapes 22-06

The Planning Directorate is recommending the approval of a planning application proposing an extension to a kiosk in Pjazza San Pawl in Hamrun, despite clear deviations from policies regulating kiosks

Marsascala’s oldest building set for demolition
Townscapes 21-06

The Planning Authority has approved the demolition of Marsascala’s oldest building to make way for a restaurant and a new dwelling

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