At the end of the year, the equity portfolio accounted for 58.1% of assets, with 47.9% in Norwegian equity and a further 10% in stocks listed in Finland, Sweden and Denmark.Its largest single holding was Statoil, closely followed by banking group DNB and Telenor.Combined, the three companies accounted for one-third of the fund’s equity holdings, spread across 144 companies.Due to the fund’s sizeable shareholding in Statoil, Folketrygdfondet has previously called for the oil firm to improve its disclosure around shale gas.Svarva credited the 9.8% return on fixed income to falling interest rates, and cautioned that the returns would not be easily repeated.“We are concerned about what low and negative interest rates could mean for how capital is invested, and for the economic development over time,” she added, accepting that the challenging times ahead could also offer “opportunities”.The GPFN, funded with the historic surplus of national insurance contributions, has achieved an average return of 7.8% over the last decade.Read more about the GPFN, the smaller sibling of the NOK6.7trn Government Pension Fund Global One of Norway’s sovereign wealth funds achieved above-benchmark returns of nearly 11% last year, boosted by strong equity growth despite declining oil prices.The NOK185.7bn (€20.5bn) Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN) noted that the Oslo Stock Exchange was down 5.5% over the end of the fourth quarter – with energy sector stocks falling in value by 25% – but nevertheless finished the year up by 5% due to the consumer and materials sectors.Olaug Svarva, managing director at Folketrygdfondet, which runs the GPFN, said the fund’s 2.1 percentage point benchmark outperformance was its best since 2008 but cautioned that a return of 10.7% – resulting in asset growth of nearly NOK18bn – was unlikely to be repeated.She added that the 10.6% return on the fund’s equity portfolio – 3.3 percentage points above benchmark – was largely down to the listed firms benefiting from low interest rates and the weakening kroner.
Read Also: Chelsea may incur £84m deficit after off-loading ten-name stars But with sides allowed to have 12 players on the substitutes bench in the remainder of the competition, it had seemed more than plausible that Bale – a man who has scored crucial goals in two European Cup finals – would be included. Instead, his relationship with Zidane sours further, with Bale – increasingly unsellable – left in Madrid. Real Madrid squad: Goalkeepers: Courtois, Areola, Altube Defenders: Carvajal, Militia, Ramos*, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Mendy, Hernandez Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Isco Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Vazquez, Jovic, Asensio, Brahim, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Certainly, he was never likely to start. Loading… Gareth Bale’s status at Real Madrid continues to plummet, after he was left out of the squad for their Champions League showdown with Manchester City. Los Blancos have announced a 24-man traveling party, including ex-Chelsea star Eden Hazard. But as the Spanish champions look to overturn a 2-1 deficit at the Etihad, Zinedine Zidane has not included the Welshman. Zidane has named eight forwards in his squad – but 31-year-old Bale is not among them. Ex-City kid Brahim Diaz, and £60million misfit Luka Jovic have been included. As has young defender Javier Hernandez. Club captain Sergio Ramos has also been named, despite being suspended. Had he not been named in the playing party, then he would have been unable to travel. Bale isn’t the only first-team outcast not called upon by Zidane. Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez and striker Mariano Diaz have both also been left at home. Like Bale, Zidane is keen to cut ties with the pair. Bale played no part in the last six games of Madrid’s La Liga campaign and was omitted from the squad for their final game of the season against Leganes. But as Madrid head to Manchester needing to win 2-0, it is the absence of a potential match-winner in Bale that unquestionably takes the headlines. Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiIncredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By MysteryTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely See7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to include comment and an updated attendance count from USC Concerts Committee. The typically humdrum McCarthy Quad was transformed on Saturday into a musical hub, replete with vendor booths, food trucks and an outdoor concert stage for the annual Springfest organized by USC Concerts Committee. With a USC Concerts Committee estimate of 5,700 people in attendance, indie rock band Glass Animals headlined the event. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanDJ Skyler Ren kicked off the evening with remixes of popular songs such as Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” and “m.A.A.D City.” Alongside Ren, rapper Sheck Wes performed songs like DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts.” After Wes, electronic artist Medasin took the stage. His set included remixes of “The Office” theme song, Skrillex’s “Purple Lamborghini” and Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow,” all of which energized the eager crowd. Before rapper Playboi Carti hit the stage, the crowd booed as movie trailers played on the big screen. Attendees started chanting Playboi Carti’s name and yelling at the stage crew,. “I didn’t really understand why we had to watch movie trailers before Playboi Carti came out,” said Emily Fuesler, a freshman majoring in art. “Playboi Carti was really cool [and] he got people really crazy and excited.”Once on stage, Carti performed hits like “Let It Go” and “Magnolia” from his self-titled 2017 album. Throughout his set, he encouraged a “mosh pit.” Students were happy to oblige and formed a large ring in front of the stage. At 9:43 p.m., Carti’s set was unexpectedly shut down, and he was escorted off the stage.According to campus security, a fight broke out among students toward the end of his performance. Guards had to escort the fighting students out of the venue and cut Carti’s set short.However, Concerts Committee said that there were no reports of any fights during the event and that Carti’s set was not cut short.Subsequently, Oxford-based Glass Animals took the stage to rampant cheers from the audience. The band played popular hits “Gooey,” “The Other Side of Paradise” and “Life Itself.” During the set, lead singer Dave Bayley dove off the stage in true rockstar fashion and surfed through the crowd. The band also launched balloons into the crowd for audience members to lob around while it covered Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.” With ebullience and lively stage presence, Glass Animals proved to be a refreshing alternative to Springfest’s usual lineup of solo and hip-hop performers to students.“I was hyped for Glass Animals,” said Jack Wilson, a sophomore majoring in communication. “I think it was an unexpected yet surprisingly delightful pick.”Springfest also featured vendor booths, including a Tinder Lounge, virtual golf range, UberEats stall and promotions for the upcoming movies Avengers: Infinity War and Rampage. Food trucks were also parked along Pardee Lawn.After last year’s Springfest shut down early since crowds exceeded maximum capacity, USC implemented new restrictions to ensure safety for this year’s event. Regulations included a requirement for students to pre-register for the event online, but access to the concert was granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. USC added DPS officers and LAPD to secure the event this year. They also closed off the campus at 8 p.m., instead of at 9 p.m., to control the oncampus traffic.Students began to line up at McCarthy Quad for the event at 5 p.m., but entry was delayed due to issues with ID card scanners and technical difficulties with the stage audio.
ST. LOUIS — Chances are, when Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein meet after Saturday evening’s Cubs-Cardinals contest at Busch Stadium, they won’t split an Imo’s pizza, and a couple orders of toasted ravioli probably isn’t likely, either. Maybe a couple of ice-cold Budweisers would be appropriate, though, considering the agenda for the get-together. There is something symbolic about the most fateful meeting of Maddon’s tenure as the Cubs’ manager happening in St. Louis. When he was a young lad growing up in rural Pennsylvania, he became a Cardinals fan, listening to the games on KMOX’s powerful signal. And it’s here, where Jack Buck became a broadcasting legend and broadcasting legend Harry Caray found his voice, that Maddon will learn his fate. The Cubs opted against extending Maddon’s contract after the 2018 season, despite the fact the franchise had made the playoffs in each of the deal’s first four years, had reached the NLCS three times and had won the 2016 World Series, the first one for the franchise since 1908. BERNSTEIN: Maddon should have good laugh if deluded Cubs let him walk”I mean, three trips into the CS,” Maddon said pregame Friday. “If you would have been guaranteed that in ’14 going into ’15 when we walked in the door, how would you feel about that? As a fan of the Cubs, how would you feel about that?”He continued, in typical Maddon fashion: “The mind, when stretched, has a difficult time going back to its original form. We’ve stretched the minds a bit, so now, fans are expecting more. Groovy, man. Go and expect it all.”But Epstein wanted to see how the 2019 season would play out before committing to Maddon, and, well, 2019 wasn’t great. Injuries and inconsistency and a down-the-stretch collapse all conspired to keep the Cubs out of the postseason for the first time in Maddon’s tenure.And so Maddon and Epstein will have a meeting somewhere in St. Louis to discuss the future. Maddon informed reporters of the meeting during his pregame interview session Saturday and Epstein confirmed it shortly after. “We’ll discuss everything moving forward, that kind of stuff,” Maddon said. “We haven’t had any kind of a talk about any of this. I mean that sincerely. We will tonight.” Maddon was asked if he thought there would be a resolution. “I hope so, yeah,” he said. “I’d like to believe so, yes.” Then he was asked if that resolution might be announced before Sunday’s game: “I have no idea,” he replied.MORE: Epstein shoots down talk of return to Red SoxWhat he does know, at least, is what he plans to do when he leaves St. Louis, whether that’s before the game Sunday or after. “Right now, you know what I’m excited about?” Maddon said before Friday’s series opener. “I’m going to get in that car and drive to our pad in Hazelton (Pa.), which is on this really cool little golf course, the Valley Country Club. My buddy Frankie’s the golf pro, And I do need some work, so he’ll be there to straighten my stuff out. My mom’s right down the street, so is my sister. Of course, (Maddon’s wife) Jaye’s going to be there. My buddy Willie’s going to stop by. I mean, come on, what’s better than that?”And if he is let go, as seems inevitable, he’ll have plenty of options to choose from this offseason.The Padres, Giants and Royals jobs are already open, and as many as five or six more managers could be let go at the end of the season.
New York, United States | AFP | Kevin Anderson is one victory from joining a select group of South African sports champions by capturing his first Grand Slam title in Sunday’s US Open final against top-ranked Rafael Nadal.Golfing compatriots and major winners Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen watched him win Friday on the New York hardcourts to reach the brink of a breakthrough win at 31.“I’m trying really hard to be able to join their ranks,” Anderson said. “It was really nice that they came out and watched me.”Anderson has history with four-time major golf champion Ernie Els and South Africa’s two-time Rugby World Cup championship side.“Just being on the road a lot, I know there are so many great South African sportsmen,” Anderson said. “I haven’t been able to mix with too many.“There have been times I was with the South African rugby team a few years ago. A lot of the golfers from South Africa live close to us (in Florida). I’ve spent time with Ernie Els.”Now he has a chance to claim a Slam trophy on the same Arthur Ashe Stadium court where boyhood idol Pete Sampras captured the last of his 14 major crowns in 2002.“My biggest idol was Pete Sampras growing up and right behind him watching (compatriot and 15-time ATP champion) Wayne Ferreira growing up,” Anderson said. “From a South African standpoint, he was definitely somebody I looked up to.”Anderson, the first South African in the US Open final since Cliff Drysdale in 1965 and the first in any Slam since Kevin Curren in 1984, won his three career ATP titles at the 2011 South Africa Open, 2012 Delray Beach Open and 2015 Winston-Salem Open.His groundbreaking charge on the New York hardcourts came after a run to last month’s Washington final in a season where a hip injury forced major rehabilitation work to avoid surgery, causing him to miss January’s Australian Open.“It took a lot of work, I mean several hours a day over almost two months,” said Anderson. “Even after that, another couple months of rehab. The biggest plus is when all the work you do really pays off.”Anderson has also worked upon his mental skills after often finding his own faults.“Some of the challenges have been to trust my ability a little bit more. I have always been very critical about myself,” Anderson said.“I feel like I’m just being a bit more patient with myself. I feel like that’s been a big change I have implemented in the last few months.”It has paid off in a fist-pumping style that bolsters his self-belief.“I feel like it allows me to play better tennis,” Anderson said.“Everybody talks about how important the mental side is… when you’ve played a good point and sort of acknowledging that also has a lot of positive effect that increases your confidence level.“It took me a little while, but as I’ve been playing more and more matches, it feels more and more comfortable. I feel like I’m putting more out there and I feel like it allows me to play better tennis, and it’s something I am definitely going to look to continue.” Share on: WhatsApp
An Army veteran who shot and wounded a doctor at a West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in Riviera Beach last year was sentenced Monday up to 25 years in a mental health facility.According to the FBI, 61-year-old Larry Ray Bon pulled out a small handgun and opened fire Feb. 27, 2019, inside the emergency room at the VA Medical Center, striking at least two people. One of those people was a doctor who suffered minor injuries.A judge accepted the plea deal for Larry Ray Bon during a sentencing hearing held via video conferencing. The judge said Bon “will be a very old man if he is ever released from custody.”According to testimony, Bon is currently in poor health. Bon could face up to 25 years in a treatment facility.When he is mentally able Bon will be brought back to court and sentenced between 12.5 and 25 years.
Get your clients to spend money on corporate video… and have them feel good about it.All images from ShutterstockAs the contemporary landscape of our industry shifts, more and more of us find ourselves in front of corporate clients. No matter what market you’re in, if you’re trying to make money in this space, you’re likely supplementing your income with corporate video jobs (or relying on them completely).As creatives, we’ve dedicated most of our time to developing our technical skills for on-set or in-post. We’ve learned to be better shooters, editors, or animators and have not typically learned how to be sales-minded business people. But without learning how to sell video (and yourself), your technical talents will be wasted as you’ll have no clients to do work for.There are dozens of proven sales processes out there and they all share similarities. Here are some of the basic steps for a getting a client to commit to a corporate video project:Corporate Video Proposal Step 1: Build RapportNo matter what you’re selling, you need the person in front of you to like you. You may have heard it before but, “people buy from people they like.” If you want to get hired, you’ll need to establish trust and make them comfortable with you.Whenever possible, proposing or developing corporate video projects, it’s best to have these conversations face-to-face. Being able to see and interpret body language and their environment can help inform you about how to talk to them. Also, being in the room with you will make them more willing to listen to what you have to say. Creating a corporate video is a collaboration that requires buy-in from all involved in the production process.Also, and this is important, make sure (before you ever set up your appointment) that you are talking to the decision maker. If this is not the person who has the power to hire you, you’re wasting your time. One easy way to find this out is to ask, “Besides yourself, is there any one else we need to talk to or get input from? Should we ask them to join us?”Mark Suster, a columnist at Inc., calls this the “Champion” sales methodology. Do what it takes to build a healthy rapport with someone who will champion your project.The person who drives through the approval to give your company the go ahead (and secure the budget)… A champion is somebody with both “influence” and “authority.”Corporate Video Proposal Step 2: Problem SolvingConventional sales training usually implores you to find your client’s biggest problem, sometimes referred to as their “pain”. What keeps them up at night? If you can solve that problem for them using your product or service, then closing the business is a snap.For example, if they own a factory and the production line is down because of a broken part, it would be relatively easy to get them to buy a replacement part from you. You’re putting them back in business!However, with corporate video, it’s not always as black and white as that. Generally, you’re solving a less defined form of pain. They think they need video, but they don’t really know what they’re missing by not having it. It’s your goal to show them what that is.Ask them what their competitors are doing with video. Ask them if video could help potential customers get excited about their product or, if their product is complicated, help people to simply understand it. Ask them if corporate video could help standardize and reduce costs for their employee training.And then ask them, “What happens if you do nothing?” Help them see that not having video to help them communicate is their problem and you are there to solve it.Corporate Video Proposal Step 3: BudgetGet comfortable talking about money. Most of us are raised being taught that talking about money is inappropriate or in bad taste. However, when you are trying to get a client to buy video services from you, you have to forget all that. You are not being rude because you are asking how much money they have to spend. You’re trying to help them using the appropriate resources.They will have a budget for this corporate video project – it may be written in stone or it may be number in somebody’s head, but either way you need to find out that number. Once you know what they are willing to spend and what their vision is for the final product, you can craft the scope of work around that. You know what your time is worth and how much it will cost to hire a crew, talent, and equipment or other resources. Know their budget and you can work backwards from there.It will also help you have a conversation about expectations. Explain to them that with a budget of A, it means you can provide B. If they want C, they’ll need to look at increasing their budget to D.Having open and candid conversations with them about the end result, and what it will take to get there, will help build trust and will help you avoid surprises or disappointments.Corporate Video Proposal Step 4: Follow-UpYour next step will likely be to put together a formal proposal or service agreement for them. Try to follow up within 24 hours of your meeting with them. You need to get them to “sign on the dotted line” while they are still excited about you and the possibilities video can have for them. If possible, try to provide a sense of urgency (“We probably don’t want to wait to start this project, because…”).Most importantly, get a clear commitment of the next steps. The longer they sit on your proposal, the more likely that they’ll forget about it or move on to something else. When you send the proposal, ask for a timeline on their decision and promise to follow-up again. It’s your job to hold them accountable. And last of all, show how excited you are to work with them. Be earnest in your desire to do the work and remind them of the benefits corporate video will provide. Eddie Justo of Creative Cow points out the SEO advantage offered by corporate video, a benefit definitely worth pointing out to your client:Of all the searches that are made on all the Search engines, the highest percentage of the results will be of the videos. Top results of any organic searches will be of video adverts and this means that video adverts will always rank high in the search engines. Therefore, there is a possibility of your video being viewed by many people as it keeps on popping up in many searches. This will definitely increase the traffic on your site and there is a huge probability of improving the sales.Video is a powerful medium and probably something you really enjoy creating. Look at every project as an opportunity for a new experience and every prospect as a potential life-long client.Here are some additional resources for sales training and talking about the benefits of video:Wistia: Why Video?: A VideoScreenlight: 7 Reasons Why You Should Use Video to Promote Your BusinessHubspot: 6 Popular Sales Methodologies SummarizedInc.: How to Develop a Sales MethodologyGot any tips on sealing the deal? Let us know your methods in the comments below!
A photojournalist with a prominent Hindi daily and his brother were shot dead in Saharanpur district on Sunday morning following an altercation over disposal of cow dung, police said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of ₹5 lakh each for the kin of the deceased, however, the Samajwadi Party and the Congress slammed the ruling BJP over the alleged collapse of law and order and failure to provide adequate compensation. Ashish (23), a photographer with Dainik Jagran newspaper, and his brother Ashutosh (19) were killed by their neighbour Mahipal Saini and his sons, Senior Superintendent of Police (Saharanpur) Dinesh Kumar P. said. “In the midst of an argument, Mahipal and his sons entered the house of Ashish and Ashutosh and shot them. Locals rushed the duo to a nearby hospital, where the doctors declared them brought dead,” the SSP said. Three teams have been formed to nab the culprits who are absconding, he added. “Chief Minister has taken cognisance of the Saharanpur incident wherein the journalist of Dainik Jagran and his brother were shot dead by the assailants,” a statement issued here by a senior Uttar Pradesh government official said. “SSP Saharanpur has been directed to initiate the strongest action. The State government stands by the bereaved family,” the statement added. Reacting to the incident, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav expressed grief over the deaths. , and demanded that the guilty be brought to book at the earliest. ‘Inadequate assistance’“During the regime of the SP government, the kin of the deceased used to get ₹20 lakh as immediate financial assistance. The BJP government should do at least this much,” he said. AJay Kumar, Leader of Congress Legislative Party in the U.P. Assembly, demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister.
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “Keep doubting us. We love it,” McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar, said in an interview Friday with Sports News Television. “The human element of sport is that anything can happen.”Mayweather, who retired in 2015 after winning all his 49 professional fights as a boxer, is back in training at age 40 after accepting an offer he couldn’t refuse from the mixed martial arts fighter who has never had a pro boxing fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“These are two world-class combat sport athletes,” Attar said. “Yes they come from different disciplines. Yes there are going to be different rules, so it’s going to be confined within those set of rules and we understand that. But I don’t think you can take away from (McGregor’s) ability, his power, his reach, his … all these different attributes that I think he will bring to the table.”Las Vegas oddsmakers immediately made Mayweather an 11-1 favorite when the fight — scheduled for 12 rounds in Las Vegas at 154 pounds in a boxing ring and under boxing rules — was announced. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor, the wildly popular UFC star, is 21-3 in UFC fights, and is coming off a win in November against Eddie Alvarez. Although he hasn’t boxed professionally, McGregor did box while growing up and is known for his striking expertise.“Floyd’s been an amazing tactician in term of his quickness, his ability to get in there, his ability to elude punches,” Attar said. “But I think on Aug. 26, I’m bullish on the idea that that’s going to change and he is going to meet someone that is going to have the physical attributes that will potentially catch him and be that one, 49-1.”Attar said Mayweather was arguably the greatest boxer of all time, “but there’s some things that he hasn’t faced before and Conor brings those … unique differentiation attributes and strategies.“Both of their styles will cause them to engage differently than Floyd’s other competitors before Conor. And in my opinion, that’s going to yield a different result.“I’m more confident on the idea that we’re gonna be that one. 49 and one.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Pinoy windsurfers bag gold in RS: One World Championships in Vietnam Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Conor McGregor stands on a scale during the weigh-in event for his fight against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 mixed martial arts at Madison Square Garden in New York. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. said Wednesday, June 14, 2017, he will come out of retirement to face UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing match on Aug. 26. Mayweather, who retired in September 2015 after winning all 49 of his pro fights, will face a mixed martial arts fighter who has never been in a scheduled 12-round fight at the MGM Grand arena. The fight will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)SINGAPORE — Conor McGregor’s fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26 has been described by critics as a novelty and a sideshow, among other things.McGregor’s camp doesn’t care what it’s called, promising only that it’ll be a contest.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments
LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The 32-year-old had surgery on his ankle in November to remove a loose intra-articular body and only resumed training three weeks ago.He played the opening round at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi last week, where he lost to South African Kevin Anderson, and gets his season proper under way in the second round of the Brisbane International on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe 17-time Grand Slam winner said he hadn’t been worried about the world rankings for the past two years.“My goal is just to be happy doing what I am doing and be competitive all the weeks that I am playing,” he said. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts after he lost the semi final match to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal insisted Tuesday he is not chasing the world’s top ranking as he prepares to make a comeback from ankle surgery, with taking care of his body a key priority.The current world number two has not played a main tour event since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I want to feel myself competitive every week that I am on court and I want to keep fighting for the things that really make me feel alive, you know, for the things that motivate me.“So I will not (chase) the number one because it’s not my main goal.“Of course, I prefer to be number one than number two, and I prefer to be number two than number five, that’s obvious,” he added.Nadal was forced to retire during matches at two of the four Grand Slams in 2018, but still added a record-extending 11th French Open crown to his collection.He said he wanted to ensure he could take care of his body to allow him to keep playing as long as possible because of his love for the game.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “The thing that I don’t want to do is suffer more than what I did last year, because if you do (suffer injuries two) years in a row, that mentally kills you,” he said.“I really believe that I have to keep having tennis to play in my career, and I really feel that my body is not going to get worse every year.“Really my only goal is to keep doing the things that makes me happy, and today playing tennis makes me happy, and I want to do it the best way possible and as long as possible.”In the second round Nadal will play either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France or local hope Thanasi Kokkinakis, two players who have also been troubled recently by injuries. ‘Big Four’ still Grand Slam stars to beat, insists Novak Djokovic BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES