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HIGH ACHIEVERS: A team from Hyder Consulting successfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge last month, climbing a trio of the highest mountains in England and Wales within 24 hours.The Hyder team from the London and Guildford offices raised over £5,000 in sponsorship for the CARE International campaign.

USA, Idaho: Quick-thinking Dr Keith Siverston had to improvise when a patient passed out in a clinic suffering from a lifethreatening swelling in his skull. Dr Siverston raided the clinic's maintenance department and relieved the pressure using a Makita power drill.

USA, Maine: A 23-year-old man was hospitalised after attempting to commit suicide by crucifying himself. He built a wooden cross, placed it on the floor and nailed one hand to it. According to Hartland police: 'When he realised that he was unable to nail his other hand to the board, he called 911.'

Canada, Ontario: A 20-year-old engineering student at Carleton University plunged to his death during a contest to see who could spit the farthest off an 11th-floor balcony.

He had taken a running start.

USA, New Jersey: Residents of New Camden have spent years complaining about government failure to rehabilitate their rundown neighbourhood but the developers have finally moved in to start regeneration.The locals are now up in arms complaining that the community is starting to look too good, which will raise property values and taxes and force many long-time residents to leave.