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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 29 JANUARY 2020 • ISSUE 672 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 9 CORONAVIRUS ANALYSIS The first signs of dissent within PL Would a name change save the PN's identity crisis? First human transmission of virus reported in Germany JAMES DEBONO THE Environment and Resources Authority has confirmed that In- frastructure Malta was in breach of permit conditions when it started works prior to the appointment of an arboricultural expert to supervise the works, as required by a nature permit issued in September 2019. The permit obliged Infrastruc- ture Malta to inform ERA on the dates of works seven days prior to their commence- ment. Konrad Mizzi's obscene contract terminated by Tourism Minister Infrastructure Malta breached Central Link permit conditions RAPHAEL VASSALLO PAGE 10 PAGES 6 & 7 PAGE 3 PAGE 2 PAGE 2 PAGE 8 KURT SANSONE KONRAD Mizzi's €80,000 consultancy contract with the Malta Tourism Authori- ty was terminated yesterday evening by the Tourism Minister. Julia Farrugia Portelli instructed the au- thority to immediately terminate and can- cel the obscene contract, which was given to Mizzi last December, just two weeks af- ter he resigned from minister. Farrugia Portelli confirmed that no pay- ments linked to this contract were issued. The decision to end the contract was taken 24 hours after the existence of the agreement was flagged by Times of Mal- ta. The newspaper later published the full contract. The Tourism Minister sought legal advice on the validity of the contract after she be- came aware of its existence on Monday afternoon. The contract was signed by Konrad Mizzi (above) and MTA CEO Johann Buttigieg on 9 December

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