Apprentice rider Bebeto Harvey highlighted the United Racehorse Trainers’ Association (URTA) meet at Caymanas Park yesterday with three winners, including the 43-1 outsider PRINCESS SALLEMA for trainer Rowan Mathie in the eighth race, confined to apprentices over the straight five course. Harvey, a past student of Waterford High who started riding on September 26 after graduation from the Jockeys’ School, became only the second apprentice from the latest batch of 17 to ride a triple. Linton Steadman holds the distinction of doing so twice, the more recent on the November 14 Superstakes Day programme. Harvey booted home SIK THE BISMARK at 9-5 for trainer Victor Williams in the fourth race over 1300 metres, followed by GANJA MAN at 12-1 for dreadlocked trainer Terrence McWhinney in the sixth race over the straight for maiden three-year-olds and PRINCESS SALLEMA, who held on by three-quarter length from the fast-finishing 2-1 favourite TERRA MARIQUE. Harvey, who is apprenticed to big-race trainer Richard Azan, could not contain his glee. “Having ridden two winners on a programme prior to today, I was looking forward to my first triple and had a feeling it would come today,” he said. “However, after winning aboard the first two, I was looking to the highly fancied Our Creation to close it out in the seventh race, not knowing it would come aboard the outsider Princess Sallema. “For me, it’s a marvellous feeling and I will continue to work hard to maintain my fitness level and weight,” added the promising 20-year-old. MARVELLOUS FEELING
Guyana is currently on the brink of transformation, but for the country to really benefit from these changes and tap into its full potential, investors must be crystal clear on policies relating to their various interests; and this is where the Government must play its role.Deputy Chief of Mission at the United State Embassy in Guyana, Mark CullinaneThis was expressed by the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the United States (US) Embassy in Guyana, Mark Cullinane, who at the time was speaking to Guyana Times on the sidelines of a reception hosted by the American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham) on Monday evening at the Marriott Hotel.Cullinane said, “Guyana has a tremendous opportunity, as you well know, given the changes about to come. It’s historic really, this moment in Guyana’s history; and to take advantage fully of this moment, the rules for businesses — investors from both Guyana and foreign sources, including the United States — have to be crystal clear. People need to understand what the requirements are to extend their capital in a country like Guyana; to extend their capital in a country like the United States.”He added, “So the way in which the Government of Guyana comes together with the business community and other important stakeholders to clarify how investment is done, what the timeline is to register a business, what the labour laws are, what the best practices are in hiring Guyanese for these new investments that are coming into Guyana, that will improve; you’ll see it accelerate even more”.Cullinane believes that Guyana and its people can truly benefit from that growth when clear rules are established, so that businesses can extend capital into the country, hire Guyanese labour, and expand operations that already exist.Just before expressing these opinions to this newspaper, Cullinane had highlighted that Guyana’s high energy costs, coupled with lack of transparency and security concerns, are deterring investors from coming to Guyana.He had also listed citizen security, the country’s complex tax infrastructure, and duties on imports as among other things that are deterring investors.It was also recently revealed that Guyana’s ranking in terms of the ease of doing business has been dropped.US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch, had in June highlighted that Guyana was recently ranked number 134 of 190 countries in the World Bank’s Report on the ease of doing business.She explained that the World Bank’s 2018 Report on the Ease of Doing Business reflected a drop in ranking from number 126 in 2017 to number 134 in 2018, out of 190 countries. Places like Iran, the West Bank, and Gaza ranked better than Guyana.She noted that this was linked to the fact that Guyana has high rates of taxation, energy, corruption, and lack of transparency coupled by a number of other factors.“In addition, the duties imposed on many imported items can be substantial, driving costs up beyond competitiveness. I don’t need to tell you that the cost of electricity is one of the highest in the region, at more than 35 cents per kilowatt hour. The power grid system is antiquated, resulting in regular power outage, forcing companies…to install their own power generation systems to cope with the blackouts,” the ambassador had said.