World Briefs: Canada sets limits on use of recreation drones

Canada sets limits on use of recreation drones

OTTAWA • Canada has announced limits on the use of drones for recreation following a surge in the number of incidents due to their rapid rise in popularity.

Henceforth, drone operators will be prohibited from flying them above an altitude of 90m or within 75m of buildings, vehicles or people. They will also be barred from using them at night, or within 9km of an airport, heliport or other aerodrome.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau told reporters the drones must be marked with contact information in order to help the authorities track down the owners of wayward drones.


Second case of bird flu detected at farm in US

WASHINGTON • A second case of bird flu in Tennessee has been reported at a chicken farm, heightening the threat of the disease in the south-east, the biggest poultry region in the United States.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza - which can be fatal to domesticated poultry - was found at a commercial chicken-breeder farm in Lincoln County, Tennessee, the state's agriculture department said in a statement on Thursday.

A chicken farm that is less than 3km away reported the deadly virus early this month, the first incident in the US in more than a year.


Ex-finance minister now Evening Standard editor

LONDON • Mr George Osborne, who lost his job as British finance minister after the EU referendum in June, has been appointed as editor of London's Evening Standard, the newspaper's owner, Mr Evgeny Lebedev, said yesterday.

"I am proud to have an editor of such substance, who reinforces The Standard's standing and influence in London," Mr Lebedev tweeted.

Mr Osborne, who remains a lawmaker, joined investment group BlackRock as an adviser last month.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe