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Newspaper post BOV chief sees no conflict of interest in writing editorials for The Times SUNDAY • 29 MAY 2016 • ISSUE 864 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY YOUR FIRST READ AND FIRST CLICK OF THE DAY WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • SUNDAY • 29 MAY 2016 • ISSUE 864 29 MAY 2016 • ISSUE 864 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY YOUR FIRST READ AND FIRST CLICK OF THE DAY WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT maltatoday The Eurovision bubble Can you afford a healthy lifestyle? 14 15 How much does it cost to eat healthy and exercise? Howard Keith Debono on Malta's Eurovision obsession healthy lifestyle? How much does it cost Howard Keith Debono on Malta's Eurovision obsession 13 Malta based company buys football club for €10 Super agent Pini Zahavi behind controversial purchase 8 €1.40 MALTATODAY SURVEY AND TRUST BAROMETER PAGES 16-17 Political fatigue sets in as Greens and Farrugia gain support Prime Minister Joseph Muscat maintains lead over Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil by keeping a 7-point edge but both leaders show a decline from last month. Labour holds 1 point lead over PN but both parties show a decrease in electoral support from last month. 39.8% (-2.8p) 32.6% (-3p) Another Zaha Hadid design for new 38-storey tower at Mercury House SAVIOUR BALZAN MALTATODAY is informed that yet an- other design by the world renowned Zaha Hadid has been commissioned, by a second company that has been selling apartments and f loor space by a registration method on a new spectacular 38 storey tower in St Ju- lians. Attempts to contact Gozitan born Joe Por- telli, who is captaining the project, proved futile. The other Zaha Hadid design shown last Sunday in MaltaToday is being proposed by the Villa Rosa developer, Anton Camilleri. Information gathered for MaltaToday shows that the interest in the Mercury House tower has been overwhelming and registra- tions for the project have been unexpectedly high. No application has been officially pre- sented to the Planning Authority. Zaha Hadid designs are world renowned for their unique creations. The firm, based in London, was founded by Iraqi Brit- ish architect Zaha Hadid, who passed away suddenly this year. The architectural and design firm has been the winner of innumerable design awards, including for high-rise design. No applications appear to have been filed with the Planning Authority, but from information collected by MaltaToday the prospectus for the tow- er has been finalised and there have been several registrations for those interested in purchasing an apartment or floor space. The owners of the land have been actively contacting high-end buyers interested in purchasing apartments for investment pur- poses. The first Zaha Hadid design was cre- ated for the Villa Rosa development, which is just a stone's throw away from Mercury House, formerly owned by GO plc. With the proposed development in St George's Park, which is primarily the Corinthia project, the Seabank project over the ITS site, and the development of the Villa Rosa, Cresta Quay and Moynihan house, St George's Bay, to- gether with the development at the Intercon- tinental Hotel and that at Mercury House is facing an infrastruc- tural and high rise challenge. BANK of Valletta chairman John Cassar White has told MaltaTo- day that he sees no conflict of in- terest in writing editorials for The Times. It is unclear whether he declared his contributions to the board, considering his very sensitive role. He was asked by MaltaToday to explain how he could reconcile the two roles and whether he con- sidered this to be a serious con- flict of interest. Cassar White, who was appoint- ed chairman of the Bank of Val- letta, where the government has a majority shareholding, by Fi- nance minister Edward Scicluna, told MaltaToday: "As an experi- enced journalist and purely as an academic consideration you know that it is editors who assume re- sponsibility for what is written in editorials that are published in their newspa- pers." PAGE 11 their newspa- PAGE 11 Mercury House

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