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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 14 JULY 2021 • ISSUE 747 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 11 PAGE 3 franksalt.com.mt/buyselloffer BUYING AND SELLING A PROPERTY AT THE SAME TIME? Benefit from a cash back of up to €1,000! Gozo airstrip re-exhumed in development strategy Five-year-old's death: girl had COVID but cause of death unclear KARL AZZOPARDI THE health authorities are in- vestigating the death of a five- year-old girl who died while testing positive to COVID-19. Health Minister Chris Fearne said the girl died on Saturday, having developed a fever on Friday. She was admitted to Mater Dei Hospital in critical condition, and was intubated and put on a ventilator. She was administered CPR, but died shortly after. The five- year-old was not attending summer school. Fearne said that a magisteri- al inquiry is underway. Should the death be attributed to COVID-19, it would be the 421st coronavirus fatality of the pandemic. JAMES DEBONO A controversial proposal to con- struct an airstrip in Gozo has been re-exhumed in a consulta- tion document by the Gozo Re- gional Development Authority (GRDA), a regulatory authority chaired by Gozitan entrepre- neur Michael Grech. The airstrip had been origi- nally proposed by Eddie Fenech Adami's government in the 1990s and aborted by Alfred Sant in one of his first decisions upon Labour's re-election in 1996. The GRDA was set up by the Labour government in 2020 to prepare a regional development strategy for Gozo and to oversee its implemen- tation. PAGE 4 ANALYSIS 8-9 Abela is Labour's greatest asset Speaker wants additional investigation into Cutajar ethics breach KURT SANSONE ROSIANNE Cutajar's (pictured) ethics breach took a clamorous twist on Tuesday after Speaker Anglu Farrugia recommend- ed that parliament's Standards Committee further the investi- gation. The Speaker's decision caught government MPs Edward Zam- mit Lewis and Glenn Bedingfield on the back foot after the Oppo- sition members agreed with the renewed investigation. This means that the committee will be able to summon witness- es and further the investigation carried out by Standards Com- missioner George Hyzler. Cutajar, a Labour MP, was found to have breached ethics when she did not declare bro- kerage fees from a property deal involving murder suspect Yor- gen Fenech. The Speaker voted against a motion put forward by the PN MPs to adopt Hyzler's report after a tie but recommended the committee contin- ue its investiga- tion. PAGE 7

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