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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: BRA needs backup system


REV. ERRINGTON MASSIAH

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: BRA needs backup system

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And behold, there was a man with a withered hand.  And they asked Him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” so that they may accuse Him. He said to them, “What man of you if he has one sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath will not lay hold of it and lift it out?– Matthew 12: 10-11.

LAST WEEK’S POWER outage in the Pine, St Michael brought the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA)/Licensing Authority to a standstill. The outage disrupted the office’s network connection to the servers which run the authority’s computers islandwide.

By Friday, connection was restored, but it was too late by then for the public to do business. I am sure the outage affected many businesses and the public as a whole. It is not fair to taxpayers who had plans to license their vehicles before the outage and were unable to do so because the system was down.

Since the computers at the Licensing Authority were down, the department should have been opened on Saturday and Sunday to serve the public. This option must be looked at very seriously.

What concerns me most was that earlier in the week a number of Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) trucks were forced off the road because of unpaid road taxes.

The time is ripe for us to use the weekend to make up for lost time and inconvenience, since those SSA trucks were really needed to remove the garbage which was piled up all around the country.

The time is ripe for the BRA to have a backup system because the department is very important as a tax collector, and we cannot continue to do business as usual.

Patronal festival

St Swithun’s Anglican Church’S patronal festival continues until Sunday. Feast night will be celebrated tonight at 7:30. The preacher will be the Reverend Kim Welch-Taylor, rector of All Souls’ Church.  

Harvest Market  

The Church of the Resurrection will hold its harvest market tomorrow at the Fair Trading Commission’s (FTC) car park, Green Hill, St Michael. The thanksgiving service will be celebrated on Sunday.

Fish fry

St Joseph’s Parish Church will be holding its annual fish fry tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. on the hard courts opposite the old St Joseph’s Parish Church.   

Annual luncheon 

Gracehill Moravian Church will hold its annual luncheon on Sunday on the church grounds, Spooners Hill, St Michael, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Gospel concert

The St Philip Moravian Fellowship’s annual gospel concert entitled, Praise Ye the Lord will be held on Sunday at 4 p.m.  at the Princess Margaret Secondary School Hall, Six Roads, St Phillip.

Silent retreat

The Contemplative Life Foundation in association with Codrington College, will offer its first biannual silent retreat for 2016 from Sunday until July 22. The retreat begins with evening prayer in the St Mary Magdalene Chapel at 6 p.m. and concludes after breakfast on the last day. It affords a time for quiet introspection and alone time with God. Spiritual directors will be present for guidance as participants wrestle with aspects of their inner journey.

Lecture

The Tenth Annual Ermine Holmes Community Trust Lecture will take place at St George Secondary School on Sunday, July 24, at 6 p.m. The lecture will be delivered by Dr David Inniss, an accomplished speaker and communicator who is a Barbadian based in California.

Revelation seminar

The St James District of Seventh-day Adventists Revelation seminar continues with – Unlocking Bible Prophecy with Pastor Shane Butcher at the Victory Seventh-day Adventist Church, St James – from June 26 to July 30 at 7:00 p.m. nightly.

The services will be held on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights.

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