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Sunset legislation pass in SVG


Any unattended vehicle parked within 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) of the Arnos Vale, Stubbs, and Sion Hill playing fields can be removed at the direction of ICC cricket world cup security directorate. This is even if the vehicle is parked legally.

So a vehicle parked in Villa or on the Fountain stretch could be removed once Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007 officials deem it to be necessary.

This is part of the ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 Bill which was passed by Parliament last week. Sports Minister, Glenn Beache, said that while the Parliament passed the legislation into law there is still an over riding conflict because certain aspects of the legislation directly contradicts with existing privacy laws in this country.{{more}}

“We are excited about the ICC World Cup 2007 and very proud of it so we did what we had to do and passed the Sunset Legislation but I still don’t know how it is going to be implemented with our current privacy laws” Minster Beache said.

The Sunset Legislation prohibits persons who may own businesses or lands within an ICC World Cup venue from advertising anything without written permission from Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007. In fact CWC officials are permitted to remove or erase any such material, even from a person’s private property.

“I know World Cup sponsors pay a lot of money for their rights but I am not sure how well the law can be enforced” Minister Beache said.

Businesses such as bars and restaurants also have to be careful not to use the CWC 2007 events as drawing cards in the advertising of special events because they could be charged as much as $54,000.00.

Case in point, unlike normal One Day Internationals where a promoter could get away with saying “come to the ‘big jam session’ after the cricket match”, the Sunset Legislation prohibits any such linking of events.

Minister Beache told SEARCHLIGHT that even now that the Sunset Legislation is law that the government will continue to hold discussions with ICC World Cup, 2007 to iron out the process of implementation of this law in a Vincentian, and even a wider Caribbean context.

While the CWC 2007 territories have been passing the Sunset Legislation, one by one, many concerns were raised about these stipulations in the legislation.