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a canadian player said you and was. a canadian player said you we re and was. a canadian player said you were a cheater and you should not be allowed back in the sport. what do you say to that? i think those are comments not based on fact, sol don't take them into consideration. what is the fact, that you're not a cheater? exactly. you have won five different grand slams. you came here aged six and a half, brought by your father from russia, speaking aged six and a half, brought by your fatherfrom russia, speaking no english and turning up at a tennis academy in florida — what was that likely you? difficult. much more difficult for my father. i was very young and took up the language very fast. i was around kids that spoke english. little children, they speak all the time. can you win another grand slam? i would love to, and that's my goal. it is up there with a lot of other things i would like to accomplish. you know, i have been fortu nate to to accomplish. you know, i have been fortunate to win five majors, but in my mind, i like to think that i haven't one any, in order to have
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that hunger and motivation, as in, i still have a lot more to win. you can hear more of that interview in ‘the unstoppable sharapova?‘ which is on the bbc news channel, this friday at 9.30pm. and we finish with some breathtaking pictures from mauritius of the strapless kite surfing championships. the sport is very different from traditional kite surfing in that the board is not strapped to your feet, so you have to rely on your balance to remain upright. with the stunning backdrop of le morne peninsula off mauirtius, italian airton cozzolino won the men's competition, and moona whyte claimed the world title in the women's event, while the rest of us all watched slack—jawed in amazement. that's all from sportsday. everton against atalanta in the europa league is just about at half—time. follow that on our website. 3-0 3—0 down at half—time. there'll be more sport here on bbc news throughout the evening i , but from us, it's goodbye for now.
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you're watching bbc news. let's turn to one of today's stories, a man who spent more than 11 years in prison despite being originally sentenced to spend just ten months behind bars is to be released. james ward, convicted of arson, has been serving a sentence known convicted of arson, has been serving a sentence known as convicted of arson, has been serving a sentence known as imprisonment for public protection, meaning he would not be released until a parole board decided he wasn't a danger to the public. his sister april has been speaking to the bbc about the family's experience. we started positive. we were like, you will get parole. he got knocked back, and three years later, it was like, surely you've got to get this one. we were so naive about the sentence. at one stage, i remember saying to
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james, i'm so frustrated with the situation, the fact i couldn't help, that he couldn't help himself, the fa ct that he couldn't help himself, the fact the system was letting him down so fact the system was letting him down so massively. i tried to blame james, ina so massively. i tried to blame james, in a sense. i was like, you must be doing something for them to keep you. they cannot keep you in prison for nothing. how wrong was i? they still do keep thousands of inmates in prison when actually they shouldn't be there. james ward's sister april. i'm joined shouldn't be there. james ward's sisterapril. i'mjoined by shouldn't be there. james ward's sister april. i'm joined by andrew neilson, the director of campaigns at the howard league for penal reform. the people who are not familiar with imprisonment for public protection, these have been scrapped now, but give us a sense of the history of them and why they are potentially problematic. in the 20005, the labour government introduced this sentence, meaning people could be sentenced for a crime, but at the end of the
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sentence, they could be kept in custody if they were not able to prove that they were no longer dangerous. this ballooned and mushroomed well beyond the expectation of the government in terms of how the courts use the sentence. it was abolished by the coalition government, but it wasn't like that retrospectively for all those people who were already in the prison system with an indeterminate sentence, and even now, there are still thousands of prisoners serving indeterminate sentences in the system, many of whom are many months oi’ system, many of whom are many months or years well over the fixed tariff that they would have served before the ipp. i know it is not easy to generalise, but we saw that james ward was convicted of arson and ended up staying in prison — what type of crimes might people on these have originally committed, and why would they be considered to be an ongoing danger to the public? part
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of the difficulty with the sentence was that the definition of dangerous crimes wasn't well defined. we saw that many people like james ward, who had vulnerabilities and mental health problems, there are vulnerabilities were interpreted as signs of dangerousness, and the response from the system was a punitive, prison —based response rather than a response is looking to support and do something about those vulnerabilities. that is why somebody like james ward, who committed arson in prison as well, was given one of the sentences and ended up trapped in the system for even ended up trapped in the system for even longer. i'm assuming that you wouldn't say that everybody who is still in prison under these terms needs to be released immediately or anything like that, but you are certainly saying this still needs looking at because there are people languishing in prison last up there, essentially? we have an overcrowded system, and people are not placed in prisons that are best to serve their
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sentence, and by that i mean that there are prisons that might offer courses you have to do when you are on an ipp to prove that you're no longer dangerous, and prisoners are not in those prisons. they are in a kafkaesque situation where they are asked to prove they are no longer dangerous but do not have the means to do so. dangerous but do not have the means to do 50. that is why the government has to provide resources to speed this process up, get those prisoners the opportunities to prove they are no longer dangerous, and get the pa role no longer dangerous, and get the parole board the resources to ensure that they are appropriately supported when they are released. andrew neilson from the howard league for penal reform, thank you very much. i will be back with headlines at 7pm, but the weather. , but first, the weather. plenty of showers up there, but some
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of them moved through in a matter of minutes and then you back into dry and sunny weather. if you catch a shower, it could heavy. overnight, they become confined mostly to coastal parts, with the exception of this line from scotland and northern ireland, moving into parts of england and wales as the night goes on. if you are dry and clear, it will be on the chilly side, temperatures into single figures away from town and city centres. around five celsius for some of us. many of us starting to do morrow —— tomorrow on a sunny, warm many of us starting to do morrow —— tomorrow on a sunny, warm note. showers will move into the midlands during the day tomorrow. you will get showers heading through to the south—east later. much of northern england. fine, into southern scotland, through the central belt, with a few showers in northern ireland and in north—west scotland. quite a brisk wind here, and some of the showers will be long and heavy.
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this line of showers working south through south—east england, a few showers popping up elsewhere as well. by mid—afternoon, we are all in the same boat, really — sunshine, scattered showers, a chilly fields of things, especially when the show was moved through. you may have two showers, ten minutes of wet weather, but the rest of the day could be dry. on saturday, and many showers fade away. they move south as the night goes on. the big picture, start of the weekend, high pressure to the west of us, and around that, this northerly flow coming into the uk, giving that chilli fields of things. the wind may not be as strong on saturday. still with sunshine and a scattering of showers. i don't think anywhere will be wet all day long. temperatures in the mid teens. quite cold on saturday night, a touch of frost for some. you're watching beyond
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100 hundred days. is there a deal or not? that's the question everyone is asking after president trump's dinner with the democrats. conflicting reports create confusion, but mr trump says no bargain has been struck yet on immigration. both parties are seeking a fix for the young immigrants brought to the us illegally. but did the president blink over the funding he'd demanded for the border wall? ultimately, we have to have the wall. if we don't have the wall, we're doing nothing. mr trump's comments come during a trip to florida where communities are still assessing the damage caused by hurricane irma. also on the programme: russia kicks off a week of massive war games. should nato and the west have reason to be nervous?
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