Africanised bees can be seen in the ceilingResidents of Diamond New Housing Scheme are complaining of the prevalence of Africanised bees in the area and the inaction of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) and Agriculture Ministry in offering them some relief.According to residents, several weeks have passed since both the NDC and Ministry committed to send out an inspection team to determine what can be done to offer assistance.Suresh Sukhwa, a resident of 12th Avenue Diamond, who spoke to Guyana Times on Tuesday said that residents have been reporting the issue since January to the authorities and no action has been taken.“We have been having this problem of African bee infestation months now and we keep reporting over and over and nothing. They never even sent anybody to check it out as they had promised. The NDC neither the Ministry,” he said.Sukhwa, a tailor, said that he is unable to properly carry out his work since any noise raises the bees. “I have to keep my machine inside. I frighten to even turn it on because of the noise and I frighten they raise up. And I have to work and live,” he said. The bees, he said, are in his ceiling and in a barrel in his yard.These bees are deadly and residents are fearful of the harm they can pose for them and their children.Another resident, Suriya Singh, said that she is fearful to even allow her children to play in the yard because only recently, the bees badly attacked a weeder who was working in the area and he had to be rushed to the hospital. “I frighten to have my children outside because the slightest noise does make them fly around. These things kill and only when something bad happen then the authorities would step in. Look how long we keep reporting this thing and nobody even came to pay us a visit,” she said. She is forced to keep her children and grandchildren inside most times because she is afraid of them being attacked and killed by the bees. “These bees are deadly. We have children here and children don’t know danger. I hope that after this article that we can see somebody and get some kind of help in removing these bees,” Singh said.The residents all reiterated calls for the relevant authorities to visit the area and carry out an inspection thereby putting measures in place to remove the bees.
LANCASTER – United Taxi drivers went to City Hall on Wednesday to ask city leaders for a crackdown on cab drivers working without city permits. The drivers say competitors operating without permits are a growing problem, and estimate that more than half of the roughly 50 cab drivers operating in Lancaster lack city permits. “They are not complying with the rules. They are just putting drivers behind the wheel,” said Martin Shatakhyan, president of United Independent Taxi Drivers Inc., which operates United Taxi in Lancaster. “They are putting the public at risk.” Shatakhyan said their criticism is directed at their permit-less competitors, not at city staff. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2United is asking the city to create a monthly updated public record of legal drivers listed by company. The drivers also want public service announcements encouraging residents to report unpermitted cab drivers. Drivers also want the city to come up with a plan for catching “bandit” cabs – unmarked cars operating as taxis. Drivers would also like to see random checks done at places frequented by cabs, such as the city’s Metrolink station. “The drivers are frustrated,” said Alfredo Pico, United’s manager. “The competition is flooding the market with unpermitted drivers.” The city’s permitting process requires drivers to take a drug test and to go through a criminal background check. The drivers’ estimates of the number of unpermitted competitors is based on their observations of cabs without permits on the dashboards and general conversation among drivers. “They see someone apply for a job on a Tuesday and see them in a cab on Wednesday. They know there was no background check,” Pico said. “They want to draw attention to who the legal drivers are.” Elizabeth Brubaker, the city’s director of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, which includes code enforcement, said the taxi drivers had not approached city staff members with their concerns before making their appearance Wednesday at City Hall. Brubaker said staff could have addressed their concerns. On the idea of a monthly listing of permitted drivers, Brubaker said that information is available to the public and cab companies can request that anytime. In terms of helping make that information public, that is something the city could assist with. “The city is working on getting everything out there to the public,” Brubaker said. The Sheriff’s Department does make checks of areas such as the Metrolink station, Brubaker said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!