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Finance Minister Larry
Howai says substantive legisla-
tive and operational issues will
be looked at to ensure there is
proper transparency in the
Customs and Excise system.
He made this comment before
the motion which sought to
amend Customs Act (Chapter
78:01) was passed.
The amendment sought "to
enhance border control by pro-
viding for advance passenger
and cargo information to be sub-
mitted electronically to the
Comptroller of Customs." While
26 MPs voted for it, there were
eight abstentions and no one
voted against. Howai had piloted
the bill in the House of Repre-
sentatives, Wrightson Road,
Port-of-Spain, on Friday.
Howai said, "There are two
sections. One is substantive
issues and the other operational
and proper training for the use
of the system. Substantive goes
to the legislation itself. We want
to ensure there is proper trans-
parency in the use of the system.
"There are issues which have
been addressed and the robust-
ness of the system needs to
strengthen networks and
strengthen firewalls as far as one
can humanly provide. We want
to ensure it is protected against
things like hacking and other
attempts to get into the system.
There is a system in place to
ensure the firewalls are robust.
Of course, there is no system
that is entirely fireproof.
Legislation to affect
Howai cited the example of
fishermen in pirogues. "Most
fishermen stay within the 12
"We don t expect a fisherman
to be sent to jail for ten years
because they did not declare two
carite or two salmon. The comp-
troller would exercise discretion,
some level of flexibility. If we
close every loophole, the legis-
lation would be useless."
Howai said they were also
looking at yachts and its relation
"Yachts need to come in and
the Minister of Tourism
(Stephen Cadiz) was asking what
would happen if they need to
come in, if there is a suitable
arrangement if there is a hur-
"The comptroller has a system
in place to adhere to operational
issues. And in the course of time,
these issues would be dealt with
by customs as we move along
with the implementation of the
On the issue of advance pas-
senger cargo information, Howai
said an amendment would be
made. Under the new bill, people
who recklessly provide false
information and fail to provide
advance passenger and cargo
information would be liable to
a fine of $600,000. The previ-
ous fine for false information
$600,000 fine for
false cargo information
Former Express chief sub-editor Gail Elizabeth
Massy, 61, was eulogised by Patricia Bartholomew
as a reliable and conscientious employee.
Bartholomew also shared her brother, artist Neil
Massy s view she had a terrific sense of humour.
Occasion was a celebration and thanksgiving for
the life of Massy at St Charles RC Church, Eastern
Main Road, Tunapuna, on Friday. Massy passed
away on May 6, after a brief illness.
Through Bartholomew, Neil thanked his sister
for introducing him to astrology, physics and religion.
Bartholomew said Massy had the distinction of
writing the astrology column for the Caribbean
Beat magazine for many
years. She was an individ-
ual everyone turned to for
advice. She would self-
lessly put their needs
before hers, in so doing
living up to her name:
bered Massy as being
obstinate while growing
up; but she bravely stood
the consequences of her
Rosemarie Nunez read (1 Corinthians 15:20 to
23) and Fr Ferdinand Warner delivered the homily.
Among the hymns sung were All I Ask of You and
I m Walking On My Way To The Lord.
Scores of people attended her sendoff. Kenrick
Attale, executive chairman, Lonsdale Saatchi and
Saatchi, where Massy worked before her retirement,
was also there. Attale had thanked Massy for her
invaluable contribution to Briefcase, which was
launched by celebrated novelist Michael Anthony
at Nalis, Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, on
Massy leaves to mourn her partner of many years,
Brian Bethel; her parents, Vincent and Melvina;
her siblings, Vincent Jr, Neil and Pam; her brothers
spouses, Yasmin and Sharon; her nieces, Krystle
and Michelle and Michelle s husband, Tyrone. She
was the great-aunt of Liam.
Vaneisa Baksh comments:
Her friend of 27 years, journalist Vaneisa Baksh
said: "As a sub-editor at the Express where we
met, she taught many the sadly-fading skills of
proof-reading, editing and fact-checking. To write
a good headline was one of her joys, and she would
painstakingly pore over text, ensuring grammar,
punctuation and spelling were as they should be.
Columnists would request that she work on their
copy---the late author Wayne Brown demanded it.
If, per chance, an error should slip through, it would
Her mother said she was the "best loving person
in the world."
Journalist Kathleen Maharaj:
"You could stop talking to me if you want but
I will always be your friend! How do you respond
to a boof like that? By trying to match the love
contained in it. I thank God for the work He has
done in my life through Gail Elizabeth Massy, who
helped teach me that the most important thing to
be good at in life is love.
"Rest in peace my forever friend." Maharaj met
Massy on her first day at the Express on September
1, 1989, and they were friends ever since.
---reporting by Michelle Loubon
Abhera Khafra and
her children, from
left, Taab, Neferta,
Unufa and Heqpera
Khafra read books
Gail Elizabeth Massy
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