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PAUL COCKS The legal firm Guido de Marco & Associates has renounced its brief as advisors to DB Group on its St George's bay pro- ject, 24 hours after Nationalist Party deputy leader Mario de Marco denied having been involved in negotiations with the government on the concession of the site of the Institute for Tourism Studies. Replying to questions put to him by this newspaper yes- terday, De Marco confirmed that he had attended several meetings dealing with the concession of the St George's land, which the DB Group will develop into a Hard Rock Hotel and luxury property believed to encompass a €300 million investment. Newspaper post PHOTO RAY ATTARD HIGH ON CARBS NO BIKINIS, PLEASE, WE'RE MALTESE maltatoday today today SUNDAY • 5 MARCH 2017 • ISSUE 904 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY Robert Musumeci, Labour advisor, is tops for winning ODZ permits €1.40 De Marco negotiated ITS concession for Seabank with government March 2017 - Issue 87 TO VACCINATE OR NOT TO VACCINATE? Why vaccines are so important BEET IT Six health benefi ts of beetroots EXPLORING MALTA A closer look at Il-Maqluba 14 15 Diabetics ignoring doctors' advice to lose weight, as study fi nds Maltese eating more carbs than they did 30 years ago 11 A hot slice of recent history brought to life in a new documentary July 2016 - Issue 79 EXPLORING MALTA'S COASTLINES Malta's hottest bays TAKE ME TO THE BEACH Summer's fashion must-haves YOUR FIRST READ AND FIRST CLICK OF THE DAY WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT FREE with MaltaToday CapitalOne Inquiry PAGE 3 How police top brass ignored a money laundering investigation PN deputy leader now says he has renounced legal brief after San Gorg developers were granted €60 million concession for ITS land YANNICK PACE ONE of the Labour government's main policy advisors on planning laws and reform, the former Nationalist mayor Robert Musumeci, is possibly the most successful architect to secure permits for applications set outside development zones (ODZ). A MaltaToday study of all planning decisions published on the Planning Authority's website between 2008 and 2016 found that Musumeci, now a lawyer who also pens a weekly planning law column in this newspaper, secured 55 such ODZ permits for his clients, out of the total 736 issued by the PA in 2016. He was followed by Labour MP Charles Buhagiar with the second highest tally of 49, and Edwin Mintoff with 29 permits granted. PGS 6-7 PLANNING AUTHORITY PAGE 5

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