Why the immigrants come

first_imgThe image of the impoverished immigrant, whether depicted being jammed with others in the trunk of a car or ducking through the underbrush to reach the border, has become a cultural meme. The endless influx of immigrants has spurned controversy and consternation, not to mention volatile rhetoric countered by off-the-cuff rationalizations on their motivations.It is easy to make varied assumptions about these immigrants. But through it all, few observers stop to examine who these people are, and why they’re coming.Last year, Filiz Garip, assistant professor of sociology, undertook an investigation of this question. Who are these migrants, and what are their motivations for fleeing their homes? “We wanted to try to understand what actually prompted these individuals to migrate,” she said, “to take the view of the ‘average migrant’ and determine under what conditions they came to the U.S.”While on a sabbatical last year, supported by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Garip delved deeper into her research on migration patterns. “I wanted to know several things. Are there different types of migrants moving in different directions if the economy changes? What about if policy changes? Who is coming over now, as opposed to who was coming before them?”“A lot of the time, we think of these individuals as being the poorest of the poor, who migrate out of individual choices and economic hardship, but I didn’t think that was always the case,” said Garip. “I had two ideas: one, that it’s diverse groups of people coming, that we cannot all lump into one category. It’s not just the poorest. And two, everyone who decides to migrate is experiencing the macro-level economic conditions and making choices based on those experiences.”She examined data from the Mexican Migration Project, a Princeton effort that has traced migration patterns between the United States and Mexico for the past 40 years, together with a technique known as “cluster analysis” that allows the researcher to group together and analyze similar cases and people. Garip identified four groups of immigrants, each with its own socioeconomic profile, and each of which came to the United States at distinct periods in Mexico’s economic history.The first group of people, who came in the 1970s, was made up mostly of poor farmers and heads of households. “About 90 percent of them were men,” she said. “There was this idea at the time of trying to maximize your income, and the high pay ratios put huge stress on farmers. So at that time, it was the very poorest people who were coming over to look for work.”But that changed in the 1980s. The second group, according to the analysis, consisted of people from middle-income households. “They usually had business or lands, and were sending their sons to the U.S. to try to diversify their risks. Immigration for these people was purely a business decision.”In the late ’80s, a series of economic crises and subsequent rising inflation pressured many farmers to flee across the border once again, but it was during the same period that the U.S. government legalized 2 million undocumented immigrants. “Because of this,” Garip said, “people decided to bring their families over. So you saw a big influx of women and young children who were joining people already established in the U.S. Then in the ’90s we saw more urban, educated types coming over. They were skilled and worked jobs in Mexico, but were still coming to the U.S. to look for jobs.”At any one time, all four types of people were probably coming into the country, but according to Garip, “the composition changes a lot. There are always multiple types of migrants from distinct backgrounds, and with diverse motivations for migrating. We see that income-maximizing migrants can co-exist alongside migrants who seek to diversify risks. With these last two groups, we can see how networks of families and friends begin to affect migration patterns.”Given this refreshed view on who these immigrants are and why they are coming, the next question becomes: What does this mean for U.S. immigration policy? “A lot of our immigration policy assumes the ‘typical migration case’ of the poor, unskilled laborer who doesn’t speak English, and policymakers seem to be operating with the idea that if you increase the costs and consequences of immigrating, rates will decline. That’s not the case. The only thing that will stop migration is improving economic conditions in the home country.”And Garip is quick to point out that a lot of current policies are backfiring. “Before the ’70s, there was a lot of circular migration. People didn’t have intentions to settle in the U.S. They came, made money, and left. But the tightening of policies and higher enforcement meant it was harder for people to go back and forth, so they simply began to stay in the U.S. And then when their rights began to be restricted, they became citizens.”“If we want to change the incentive to migrate, we need a more customized policy. Start a guest worker program, or a visa program to make temporary migration legal. Create legal revenues for people to do this, and then once they’re here let them be citizens. Making these activities illegal and throwing these people in jail is not a disincentive.”Garip has since designed a course based on what she learned, and hopes to bring undergraduates into the research process. “I want people to understand that immigration is not about one kind of individual,” she said. “They’re not all the same. There are different groups, different reasons, and most importantly, different people who migrate.”last_img read more

Chautauqua County Democratic Election Commissioner Stepping Down

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Democratic Election Commissioner Norm Green is stepping down at the end of his term of office. But he prefers to think of it as just moving on.“I don’t think retirement is the right word. I’m moving on,” Green told WNYNewsNow Wednesday morning.As election commissioner, Green is not able to discuss his plans for the future, he said. Green has held the position since 1999.Asked his proudest accomplishment, Green said it was avoiding being the focus of the media for election day errors, because he and his staff always have been able to solve issues as they arise. “You’re (the media) not calling us up the day after the election, never are you calling us up the day after the election and asking what happened election night,” Green said.Green said he attends election conferences and is flooded with questions about how Chautauqua County does so well, always being the first county in New York to provide completed accurate election results.“We’re always first in the state to produce election results. They ask how does Chautauqua County do it. We just do it, it’s not a formula, it’s getting the work done,” Green said.“In Chautauqua County we just solve the problem,” he said.While issues do arise, Green said the public generally never knows it because the problem is always addressed and solved.“Things do happen. The voters never knew it because we had the emergency answer as to the issue.”Management skills are vital to the job, Green advised. He said election commissioners manage as many as 500 election inspectors, 49 polling sites, 100 voting machines and a $1 millionbudget.The Democratic Committee will consider Green’s replacement at the September meeting, he said. A candidate will then be forwarded to the Chautauqua County Legislature for the consideration. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mexico to Introduce Gendarmerie in September

first_img “It will be a very dynamic body, which will support Federal Police functions, but it will not invade its competence,” Toledo added. By Dialogo May 10, 2013 The Mexican government is planning to introduce its first gendarmerie during the national festivities in September, in order to counter the high violence rates that derive from drug trafficking, according to Carlos Humberto Toledo, General Inspector of the National Commission of Public Security. “The gendarmerie in Mexico will start operating soon. Most likely, you will see them parading on September 16,” the country’s Independence Day, Toledo said. Toledo added that the plan is for the gendarmerie to have 40,000 elements in six years. The official added that the security force unit has already been created, with 10,000 elements, of which 8,500 are Soldiers and the rest are Marines, which are “being trained so that their military mindset is transformed and adapted closer to what a police officer should be (…),” Toledo added during the Fifth Forum about Security and Justice, carried out in Mexico City. center_img Human rights organizations think that taking 50,000 Soldiers from their headquarters to counter drug trafficking was the main cause of the increased violence during Calderón’s government. So far during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office in December 2012, and who has not stated if he will order the Military to go back to theirheadquarters, 4,249 homicides presumably related to organized crime were reported. The Federal Police “will be on the roads and cities (…) and the gendarmerie will be located in strategic places,” such as Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) facilities. According to official figures, over 70,000 people died during the government of former President Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) during confrontations between criminal gangs and military operations against them. last_img read more

Violence from FARC Dissidents Undermines Colombian Peace Deal

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo August 21, 2020 November 2020 marks the third anniversary of the peace deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish). Violence, however, continues as dissidents who oppose the deal carry out criminal acts, and threaten to retaliate against those who have agreed to disarm.In mid-July, in the country’s northwest, 94 former combatants and their families relocated to get away from the risks they faced. They settled in another municipality, where the government was prepared to receive the families.Former FARC guerillas arrange their belongings after arriving at a new reintegration zone in Mutatá, Antioquia Department, Colombia, on July 16, 2020. (Photo: Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP)Since the beginning of the peace process, 206 former FARC members have been killed. Thirty-three assassinations alone occurred in 2020, according to the latest Quarterly Report of the United Nations (U.N.) Verification Mission in Colombia, with data from March 27 to June 26, 2020.The threats and deaths of former combatants have been attributed to disputes over coca producing territories led by other armed groups, such as the National Liberation Army, or narcotraffickers and FARC dissidents who remain criminally organized.In June, in Cauca, a department in southwestern Colombia with the highest rates of violence, according to the U.N.  report, the Colombian Army rescued two tourists — a Brazilian and a Swiss national — who had been kidnapped three months prior by the FARC dissident group known as the Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column. During the operation, the Army captured one of the kidnappers.In addition to the kidnappings, the group has been accused of carrying out murders, such as the massacre of five indigenous social leaders in October 2019, and of making threats against former combatants who agreed to the peace deal. Authorities arrested one of the leaders of the Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column, Israel Méndez Quitumbo, in late June, during a joint operation between the Colombian Military Forces and the National Police.last_img read more

Suffolk Robber Hit 4 Banks in 3 Months

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Have you seen this bank robber?Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted for robbing four banks, three of them at gunpoint, in the past three months, including one this weekend.In the latest case, the robber walked into the TD Bank on Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma, flashed a handgun and demanded money from a teller at 1:13 p.m. Sunday, police said.The same man allegedly robbed the New York Commercial Bank on Grand Boulevard in Deer Park on Sept. 5 and Oct. 11. He also allegedly robbed the TD Bank on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon on Oct. 27.Police said he flashed a gun in all but the Oct. 11 case. He fled each scene with cash after the tellers complied.The suspect is described as in his mid 30s to late 40s, 5-feet, 7-inches to 5-feet, 10-inches tall with a thin build and light complexion.Police released a surveillance camera image of the suspect in the hopes that someone will recognize the suspect and turn him in.Pattern Crime Unit detectives ask anyone with information on these cases to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Long Island Covid-19 Cases Still Rising

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The coronavirus infection rate continues to rise on Long Island as local officials sound the alarm that the public must remain vigilant and not get complacent about efforts to curb the pandemic.As of Tuesday, Nassau County officials reported the latest infection rate is 5.8 percent, the highest it’s been in months, and Suffolk County officials said its latest positivity rate was 6.5 percent. New York State officials said the infection rate for the Long Island region was 5.68 percent as of Monday.“Today’s news about impending [Food and Drug Administration] approvals for Covid-19 vaccines is monumental, but we must not allow it to lull us into a false sense of complacency,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said Tuesday. “Our data is beginning to show a more even distribution of disease activity among all age-groups across the county. We have now reached a clear point of community spread, which calls for increased vigilance from all of us.”There were 135,519 confirmed Covid-19 cases on Long Island — 69,024 in Suffolk and 66,495 in Nassau as of Tuesday, state date shows. There were 722,464 cases statewide, 15.1 million nationwide, and 68.3 million worldwide as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. Suffolk saw four straight days of more than 1,000 cases per day last week, and Bellone noted the county saw only 12 days of more than 1,000 new cases per day during the peak of the first wave in the spring. Suffolk had another 1,164 new cases on Monday compared to Nassau’s 863. Bellone reiterated that small gatherings remain the largest risk of spreading the virus, besides not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing.“I cannot stress enough the dangers posed by small indoor gatherings,” Bellone said. “Just because you are in your home with people you trust does not mean you are safe. If we don’t change our behaviors quickly our hospital system will be at risk of being overwhelmed and we will lose more lives.”Suffolk reported that as of Saturday there were 359 patients hospitalized and 57 patients in intensive care units. Nassau’s hospitals are reporting 343 Covid-19 patients, 50 in ICU, and 34 intubated, officials said. LI had 18 percent of its hospital beds available and 25 percent of its intensive care unit beds available on a seven-day average as of Tuesday, state data shows.“While we may all be tired, it is abundantly clear that this virus is not,” said Bellone. “Everything we do now and over the next few weeks is about saving lives and preventing our hospital system from being overwhelmed.” For more coronavirus coverage, visit longislandpress.com/coronavirusSign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

Taumalolos keen on property investment in Cowboy territory

first_imgProperty Confidential: The Townsville home bought when the NRL superstar first renewed his contract with the Cowboys. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe home had an undercover rear patio “for those weekend family brunches” which also had pull down shade blinds for privacy and shade.The family paid $395,000 for the 643sq m property, which also had a double bay remote garage, air conditioning, full irrigation and a vegetable garden in the backyard. Property Confidential: The Townsville home bought when the NRL superstar first renewed his contract with the Cowboys. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe home is just eight minutes from the Cowboys home stadium. In July 2015, five months after the Cowboys star extended his contract to the end of 2017, the Taumalolos were listed as having bought another property – this time a 718sq m block also in Townsville about 20 minutes from the CBD. They paid $189,900 for the block which was zoned for a multi unit dwelling, exclusive use as a single dwelling or farming. Property Confidential: The Townsville home bought when the NRL superstar first renewed his contract with the Cowboys. Picture: Realestate.com.auGiven the family’s trend of buying property after every re-signing, signs are good that some of the $10m that goes towards keeping the sporting superstar in Townsville will go into more real estate investments. North Queensland Cowboy’s Jason Taumalolo’s family has bought property after every re-signing by the NRL superstar. Picture: Wesley MontsSIGNS are good that the NRL’s highest paid man Jason Taumalolo will pour some of his historic $10M contract funds into property after sealing a 10-year deal with the Cowboys.His parents Vaai and Tominika Taumalolo, who moved to Australia so their then teenage son could continue to pursue his rugby league dreams, have already set down strong roots in Townsville.center_img Property Confidential: The Townsville home bought when the NRL superstar first renewed his contract with the Cowboys. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe home, just 18 minutes from the Townsville CBD, had been marketed as being “neat as a pin”, according to CoreLogic property records, with two living areas and solar panels that fed back to the grid. Property Confidential: The Townsville home bought when the NRL superstar first renewed his contract with the Cowboys. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe family bought property on two previous occasions in the months following their famous son re-signing with the Cowboys.In 2013 they bought a four bedroom, two bathroom, four car space home when the NRL superstar was on the cusp of turning 20, and a year after he had re-signed with the Cowboys to the end of the 2015 season.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agolast_img read more

Tide has turned for Brisbane units

first_imgBrisbane’s apartment market is finally turning around after years of bombardment over its supply pipeline. Picture: AAP/Ric Frearson.BUYERS looking for the upside in Brisbane’s apartment market can breathe a sigh of relief with the market expected to turn positive in 2019. It’s a massive shift given the Queensland capital has previously endured some heavy tongue-lashing by experts, including Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe, thanks to the massive oversupply pipeline that built up off development applications from both domestic and international investors. A flurry of buyers, mainly out of China, was the backbone behind the rise in developer interest in the city, and it wasn’t until the Chinese government began a crackdown on capital leaving their shores that the tap was slowly turned off. Brisbane to lead housing growth Inside absurd $253m mansion AFL legend sells Coast home Lenders were forced to also cut back on rampaging growth in investor lending for apartments after APRA decided that the sector was too hot for the future to handle. The cooling has had a positive effect in Brisbane, with developers forced to put many of their plans on hold or sell off sites to others with the capital and patience to play the waiting game until the next housing pick-up. It’s led to apartment market analysts having a serious rethink over the sector, with many now daring to believe that lenders will start revaluing units better than they have in the past two years. The CoreLogic-Moody’s Analytics Australian Home Value Index Forecast, out last week, pegged Brisbane as now being in a situation where the worst was over. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe city endured a sorry few years of apartment data, last year posting negative growth of -2.9 per cent for units. But the numbers are turning now: 2018 was expected to see growth of 0.8 per cent, according to the report, with 2019 to wipe the doom and gloom away with a massive 6.5 per cent rise in unit values. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02 Only two parts of greater Brisbane were expected to see units in negative territory this year — Brisbane Inner City (-3.5 per cent) and Moreton Bay South (-3.3 per cent) — but even those once hard hit areas were expected to turn positive in 2019. The inner city was expected to see unit growth of 6.1 per cent next year, with Moreton Bay South to post 5.9 per cent as the entire greater Brisbane apartment sector turns over a new leaf in 2019. Moody’s Analytics believes 2019 would be the year for Brisbane apartments, with Moreton Bay North to see 8.7 per cent growth in unit value, Ipswich 8.1 per cent, Logan Beaudesert 8 per cent, Brisbane North 6.9 per cent, Brisbane West 5.3 per cent, Brisbane South 3.5 per cent, and Brisbane East 3.5 per cent. The good news for buyers is that the turnaround won’t be immediate, giving first home buyers especially time enough to jump into the market. Come 2020, Brisbane’s expected to not just lead growth across the country in terms of housing value growth, but also still hold median prices that make it much more affordable than southern capitals. That can only be a good thing. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Top glamping resort sold in multi million-dollar deal

first_img The Hideaway site at 2-6 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach has sold for ‘circa $5 million’.The sale brings a reprieve of sorts for The Hideaway following community fears for the future of the resort and possible development of the site. “It’s been bought by a Brisbane-based civil contract company for circa $5 million,” said Nick Witheriff of LJ Hooker – Kingscliff.“They have got a view to keep the business going as it is for now and then look at an alternative for potential development of the site down the track.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31A Queensland development company has beaten overseas and interstate competition to secure the Tweed Coast site currently home to Australia’s premier glamping resort. The Hideaway holding at 2-6 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita sold for ‘circa $5 million’ – the biggest sale the seaside village has seen in a decade. MORE: ‘Ramshackle’ reno named best house in Australia Palm Beach market is ‘on steroids’ The Caribbean meets Gold Coast glamour inside designer beach pad The Cabarita Beach site is zoned for development or subdivision.Located between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, the 2.803ha parcel is the only development land remaining on the eastern side of Tweed Coast Road and is R3-zoned for a unit or townhouse development or land subdivision.Mr Witheriff said the beachside holding attracted strong interstate and overseas interest.“There were six written offers, with three rounds of negotiations to get the best and final offer,” he said.“Offers came from Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand, Brisbane, a local government entity and a local party.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago The Hideaway will continue to operate as a glamping resort for now.Formerly home to the Cabarita Beach Caravan Park, the site was purchased by a syndicate of investors in 2018 before reopening as an outdoor hotel at the start of last year.The idyllic seaside resort has received rave reviews worldwide for its spacious bell tents with all the modern trimmings and luxe bohemian decor.News of the sale raised concerns within the Cabarita community who led a campaign to keep the land in local hands.“There was a lot of anxiety from local community groups,” Mr Witheriff said. “There’s been a lot of discussion around how locals might somehow retain the site to avoid future development.”The existing infrastructure and amenities were included in the sale, due to settle on September 23, with the resort having resumed trade last month when COVID-19 restrictions were eased.last_img read more

Serena: My daughter doesn’t understand mum’s popularity

first_img Loading… “There are a lot of factors on how it can change. That’s still a concern for pretty much everyone. “Every day all the players and the tournament make sure that all the players are updated on what the play conditions would be like.” After winning in Auckland, Williams donated all her £20,000 prize money to the bushfire relief fund following devastating fires across Australia this summer Down Under. Obviously, for a woman with her size of bank balance she can afford to be charitable. But it was still a wonderfully generous offer to those fire-fighters and communities left reeling from the fires. She added: “It’s important for people like me, who have a big platform, to raise awareness. I’ve been coming to Melbourne since 98. “It has a special place in my heart, I have friends throughout Australia who I consider as family “As a player, it’s incredibly devastating. I know people who have been affected. It’s been a disaster. Read Also:Tyson reveals: I won’t get into the boxing ring with Serena “I wanted to make that statement and will continue to support in any way I can.” For the latest Australian Open odds, check out Betway Tennis. Serena Williams created Grand Slam history but admits her daughter doesn’t understand her mum’s popularity. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img In just under an hour the American swatted aside Russian Anastasia Potapova 6-0 6-3 in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Earlier this month, Williams was victorious in the singles event in Auckland, winning her first ATP title since giving birth. Yet her two-year-old daughter Olympia still doesn’t recognise what her megastar mum does for a living – and in certain motherhood circles her fame is underappreciated. The 38-year-old, who has banked £71.2m in prize money, said: “It was amazing to win in New Zealand. “I hadn’t been able to win as a mum before. I had been close. So this was special for me and for her – I hope. “Sadly, she didn’t know what it meant. She only cares about Play Doh and that’s about it. “I try to tell her I am somebody. But she doesn’t know. “I’m known as ‘Olympia’s mum’ to all her friends. And I love that.” Williams, who once had small blood clots on her lungs, says she was concerned about the air quality in the city, and has been monitoring updates from the authorities on a regular basis. She said: “I definitely was concerned, and am. It changes every day. Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t KnowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Ways Drones Are Going To Change Our LivesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Bollywood Celeb Weight Loss Transformations That Will Stun You8 Most Expensive Mistakes The World Has Ever MadeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericallast_img read more