Manchester United have turned their attention to Yerry Mina after deeming Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire too expensive, Goal understands. The Red Devils have been looking to upgrade the centre-back position this summer, and identified the Tottenham and Leicester City defenders as their top two options.But, as Goal reported last week, United were put off the chase for Maguire after Leicester demanded a sum in excess of £75 million ($99m) for the 25-year-old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Spurs are also asking for at least £75m for Alderweireld, a figure United are similarly unwilling to pay. With time and their available funds both presenting issues, Jose Mourinho’s side have been forced to look toward the 23-year-old Barcelona defender instead of their preferred duo.Mina has been offered to United and with the clock ticking ahead of the August 9 transfer deadline, the Colombia international may represent the most realistic option for the Red Devils. Barcelona will demand €40m (£36m/$46m) for Mina, a figure that is more in line with United’s budget. Mourinho has been sufficiently impressed with Mina to make a bid, though the former Palmeiras man quickly fell out of Barcelona’s plans after only joining in January. The main difference between Barcelona and United now appears to be a buy-back clause for Mina, with the Blaugrana insisting on including one and United hoping to land the defender with no strings attached. But it appears the two sides are still close to a deal, and Mina could be making a move to Old Trafford in the coming days.
Xiaomi recently announced the Redmi 4 in India, which, as the company itself claims received an overwhelming response. Xiaomi India claimed that they managed to sell out over 2.5 lakh units of Redmi 4 in a day’s time. In just a few days after the Redmi 4 launch, rumours about its successor have already started surfacing on the web, dubbed Xiaomi Redmi 5.Leaks and rumours about the Xiaomi Redmi 5 have been making rounds on the web for quite some time now. Lately the device has been spotted on Chinese certification website, TENNA, wherein the listing reveals a lot about the device already. Wherein the listing, the upcoming Redmi 5 will come with a model number MAE136.Now, press renders of the Redmi 5 smartphone has been reportedly leaked. The report comes from by MobileXpose. As per the leaked images, the smartphone will come with a polycarbonate body and is also expected to pack ARM processor with a clock speed of 2GHz. However, going back to the TENNA listing, the features that are tipped for the Redmi 5 looks a little different. The listing hinted that the successor of the Redmi 4 will come with a full metal body display and a processor clock speed of 1.4GHz.Photo Credit: MobileXpose Specifications revealed by TENNA indicated that the device will come with a fingerprint sensor. However, now the newly leaked images show Xiaomi might ditch the fingerprint sensor for the upcoming Redmi 5. Leaked renders further shows that the front camera of the upcoming smartphone might come with LED flash which is expected to sit at the top, right next to the MI brand logo. The images don’t reveal any further details about the upcoming Redmi 5.advertisementGoing back to the previously leaked TENNA listing, Redmi 5 is expected to sport a 5-inch HD display with 720×1280 pixels resolution. Further, the smartphone is tipped to be powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core processor and will be paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which can further expandable up to128GB via microSD card slot. Other leaks suggest that the upcoming Redmi 5 will run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and will be backed by a massive 4000mAh battery.As far as the leaks about the camera is concerned, Xiaomi Redmi 5 is expected to sport 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while on the front, the device may to feature a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Redmi 5 will include other sensors and connectivity options like — gravity sensor, distance sensor, light sensor, dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and also a microUSB port.Lastly, the TENNA listing also tipped that the upcoming Xiaomi device will come in several colour variants like – gold, rose gold, matte black, and dark grey.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 4GB RAM, 64GB memory variant won’t be available until June endAlso Read: Your Xiaomi phone may never get the latest Android update but that’s okay
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — England beat New Zealand by 56 runs in a one-off Twenty20 international on Tuesday, adding to the feel-good factor surrounding its team ahead of the Ashes and denying the Black Caps a farewell victory on their tour.Protecting a score of 191-7 that was underpinned by in-form Joe Root’s 68 from 46 balls, England dismissed New Zealand for 135 in 16.2 overs on a balmy evening at Old Trafford after taking the last five wickets for four runs.The Kiwis started the chase ahead of the required run rate of 9.55, but Kane Williamson (57) ran out of partners before becoming one of three batsmen to depart over four balls in the 15th over.That plunged New Zealand to 131-8 and left-arm paceman David Willey (3-22) took the final two wickets in successive deliveries.Propelled by a new attacking mentality, England also won a thrilling one-day international series 3-2 and is a different proposition in white-ball cricket to the team that surrendered so meekly at the Cricket World Cup in February and March.“We were so far away in the World Cup,” said England captain Eoin Morgan, whose side was eliminated in the group stage. “Things have turned around pretty quickly.”New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum described some of his team’s batting as “amateurish.”“We got off to a reasonable start,” McCullum said, “but we weren’t able to build partnerships as the innings progressed.“Credit to England, they’ve played some outstanding cricket this summer.”Root came to the crease when opener Jason Roy was run out after an explosive 23 that included two sixes in the second over, and smashed eight fours and one six to continue his strong recent form from the ODI series.Alex Hales (27), Ben Stokes (24 not out) and Sam Billings (21) also weighed in with cameos and a target of 192 was competitive.McCullum smashed 35 off 15 balls and Williamson’s knock came off 37 deliveries and included eight fours. But Ross Taylor (17) was the only other player to get into double figures as England ended up sealing a comprehensive win.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Touch Football Australia (TFA) commenced a review and implemented updated Sport Education curriculums and resources from September 2013. This was to ensure a direct link from our athletes to our coaching, refereeing and supporting volunteer resources across all areas of the sport.TFA provides this update as a summary of the projects which have now been completed, along with an outline of the remaining items and future direction.For more information, please click on the attachment below. Related Filessport_education_framework_update_august_2015-pdfRelated LinksSport Education Framework
Deshaun Watson Clemson TigerjacksClemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is only entering his sophomore year with the Tigers, but it’s clear that he’s going to have to be a leader during the 2015 campaign. It looks like he’s having no problem playing that role so far.Saturday, Clemson posted an Instagram video of Watson leading the team in a round of “Tigerjacks.” It’s a short clip, but it’s enough to get Tigers fan pumped up for the upcoming season. Deshaun Watson leading the Tigerjack breakdown. #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Aug 15, 2015 at 8:21am PDT Clemson opens with Wofford on Saturday, September 5.
Dozens of local dancers are being offered a chance of a lifetime. The Halifax 2011 Canada Games Host Society will cast 60 dancers as volunteer performers in the Opening Ceremony that will kick off the two week event. Auditions will be held Friday, Jan. 7, at the Canada Games Centre, 26 Thomas Raddall Dr., at 3:30 p.m., with all roles being cast that evening. Rehearsals will begin the next day. Dancers must be at least 15 years old, have a strong background in jazz dance, and be available for all rehearsals leading up to the live performance Feb. 11. For more information, visit canadagames2011.ca/artists . The Opening Ceremony, held at the Halifax Metro Centre and produced by Patrick Roberge Productions, will be broadcast to a national audience. “We are looking for dancers full of enthusiasm ready to celebrate Halifax with the rest of Canada,” said Patrick Roberge. “They will have an amazing experience as they create lasting memories in this once in a lifetime event.” Tickets to the Opening Ceremony can be purchased through Ticket Atlantic online, by phone or at the Ticket Atlantic box office. Patrick Roberge Productions is a Canadian live entertainment and show production company that specializes in creating spectacular large-scale shows and events. The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.
TORONTO – Jagmeet Singh is stepping down as deputy leader of the Ontario NDP while he runs for the federal party’s leadership, but he’s not resigning his seat in the provincial legislature.Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s office says in a statement today that she and Singh agreed that during his leadership run he’ll leave his post as second-in-command.While he’s running, his critic posts of government and consumer services, attorney general and anti-racism directorate will be split among caucus colleagues.After launching his leadership campaign Monday night, Singh said he would keep his Bramalea-Gore-Malton seat because he has had busy schedules before and has still been able to help his constituents.The Ontario legislature rises for the summer June 1 and returns in September, which is also when online voting starts for the federal leadership.Singh says he will later roll out a policy platform, but lists the major issues facing Canada as inequality, climate change, indigenous reconciliation and electoral reform.
MONTREAL – A Quebec fur farmer will face strict controls if he plans to continue in the business after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges last week.The case stems from a 2014 investigation into a farm about 65 kilometres east of Montreal that housed red foxes and minks found to be in terrible condition.The SPCA, which conducted the probe, says there were three guilty pleas in the case — one to causing unnecessary suffering to foxes; one to neglecting them; and another to neglecting two dogs found on the property.Jean-Luc Rodier received a $5,000 fine and 75 hours of community service in a sentence jointly recommended by the Crown and defence.Attempts to reach Rodier on Tuesday were unsuccessful.He’d initially faced six charges in November 2014.The SPCA acted on a complaint and Sophie Gaillard of the Montreal branch said the conditions on the farm were deplorable when she visited more than three years ago.She said the animals were dehydrated, living in cramped quarters and malnourished and two foxes had to be euthanized on the spot.“Most importantly to us, for the next 15 years, he won’t be able to own or have the control or live with any animals with the only exception of mink,” said Gaillard.“If he does continue to raise mink for fur, that’ll have to be done under veterinary supervision with reports being provided to the SPCA on a regular basis.”She said what’s most horrific is that standard conditions for wild animals bred for commercial purposes are perfectly legal.“Keeping wild animals in tiny, tiny cages, depriving them of the ability to express any type of natural behaviour and seeing them kept like this for years on end, it’s perfectly legal in Canada today,” Gaillard said.
On Saturday, November 8, Ray Romano hosted the International Myeloma Foundation 8th Annual Comedy Celebration at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre & Club in Los Angeles.The Cast Of Celebrity AutographCredit/Copyright: Angela Weiss – Getty Images for IMFFor the first time, the annual event featured a one-night only presentation of Celebrity Autobiography, a smash comedy hit featuring outrageous celebrity memoirs acted out hilariously on stage by an all-star cast.The cast included Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Lucy DeVito (Deadbeat), Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond), Howard Hesseman (Head of the Class), Alex Meneses (Everybody Loves Raymond), Laraine Newman (The Boxtrolls, Saturday Night Live), Lesley Nicol(Downton Abbey), Eugene Pack (Celebrity Autobiography Creator), Rhea Perlman (The Mindy Project), Dayle Reyfel (Celebrity Autobiography Creator), Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond), and Rita Wilson (The Good Wife).Among those in attendance included Event Chair Loraine Boyle, Tony Denison (Major Crimes), Dr. Brian Durie (IMF Chairman of the Board), Susie Novis (IMF President), and more.Proceeds from the IMF 8th Annual Comedy Celebration benefited the Peter Boyle Research Fund and supported the Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI), a groundbreaking and internationally collaborative effort to find pathway to a cure for myeloma. Renowned actor Peter Boyle died in late 2006 after a four-year battle with myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Through laughter, the event honors Boyle and raises money for research to find a cure.
APTN National NewsThe family of a 14 year-old boy who died in Labrador last week is speaking out.Burton Winters went missing on Sunday.His body was located kilometers from where his snowmobile was discovered.The family released a statement on the weekend criticizing the department of National Defence for talking too long to help with the search.“Burton’s determination to get home outshined any efforts put forward by the Department of National Defence,” the statement said. “We cannot stand for this lack of service to continue in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is the time for someone to step up and take responsibility (for the) poor decision making (and) ensure that this doesn’t happen to another innocent family.”The Department of National Defence is investigating the incident.
APTN National News EDMONTON– Members of the Samson Cree Nation plan to block an Alberta highway Wednesday in support of IdleNoMore and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike.The Samson Cree Nation issued a statement Tuesday saying the blockade of provincial Hwy 2A would begin at 11:15 a.m. local time and run until 12:15 p.m. The blockade will shut down a portion of the highway between Hwy 611 West and the Pe Sakastew Correctional Centre, the statement said.The statement said the blockade will be peaceful.“Pipes will be lifted in support of IdleNoMore,” said the statement. “The presence of the pipe signifies the pipe laws of gentleness, compassion and mutual respect.”On Monday, thousands of people across the country took to the streets in support of Indigenous rights under the banner of IdleNoMore. The next day, on Tuesday, Spence began her hunger strike in Ottawa which she says will continue until Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Queen Elizabeth II agree to a treaty meeting with First Nations leaders.“We are taking this opportunity, coinciding with the 12th hour of the 12th day of December 2012, to bring awareness to First Nations’ opposition to legislation proposed by the Harper government,” said the statement, posted on the band’s website. “We also want people to bring attention to the hunger strike started…by Chief Theresa Spence.”The statement said the Harper government is pushing a number of pieces of legislation that “directly undermines First Nations’ right of self-determination.”Samson Cree Nation is about 97 kilometres south of Edmonton.
NEW DELHI — India’s cash-starved state-run Air India is putting its crew on a diet, changing their inflight menu to special low-fat meals.Dhananjay Kumar, the airline spokesman, says the objective is to provide healthy and cost-effective meals to crews on domestic and international flights.Kumar on Wednesday declined comment on media reports that the cost per meal, mostly vegetarian, will come down to one-third of existing 500-800 rupees (up to $11) per meal.The decision comes at a time when the Indian government is trying to sell off the airline, which has debts of nearly 580 billion rupees ($8 billion).In 2009, the airline fired 10 air hostesses for being overweight after they failed to get back in shape three years after they were switched to ground jobs.The Associated Press
During a daylong meeting in preparation for its high-level segment in June, ECOSOC reviewed progress in mobilizing resources and creating an enabling environment for poverty eradication for the least-developed countries (LDCs) since an action plan was drawn up at an international conference on the issue held in Brussels in 2001.The Brussels Programme of Action – a set of key commitments for implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – includes seven specific commitments made by the LDCs and their development partners, including mobilization of financial resources as well as governance, trade and sustainable development.In his opening remarks, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Jose Antonio Ocampo said despite the best efforts of the countries themselves and the international community, most LDCs are in serious danger of falling short of the millennium targets and the Brussels Programme of Action. In many small countries, the very serious obstacles to providing public services and human resources are exacerbated by heavy debt loads.Mr. Ocampo also warned that in extreme cases, the lack of access to resources can undermine the basic mechanisms of governance and lead to political disintegration and open social conflicts. “Armed conflicts are on the rise and many are taking place in poor countries,” he noted. “Such instability, in turn, is a major obstacle to making the business climate attractive to both domestic and foreign investors. The efforts to mobilize resources should therefore be closely integrated with the efforts to achieve peace and security.”During the discussions that followed, a range of participants – including finance ministers, UN agency chiefs and officials from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) – offered recommendations to remedy the economic woes of poor countries. These included widening the tax base, focusing on the middle class, investing in infrastructure, giving priority to education and providing LDCs with fair access to international markets.
The agreement, signed by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Shen Goufang, covers projects to assist China find alternative penalty measures to imprisonment and help the country revise its criminal law procedure, while facilitating civil society capacity building. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the agreement should also help to incorporate human rights education into the curricula of primary and secondary schools, universities and public servant education, and help authorities as they study the establishment of a national human rights institution.OHCHR has been engaged in dialogue with China since 1998 when both signed a “memorandum of intent”. A first “memorandum of understanding”, setting a cooperation programme in motion, was concluded in September 2000. During her visit to China, which is scheduled to last through 2 September, Ms. Arbour also met with non-government organization (NGO) representatives, including the China Society for Human Rights Studies, China Disabled People’s Federation, Beijing Children’s Legal Air Fund and Research Center, the Beijing Bar Association and the Women’s Law Research and Service Center of Beijing University Law School.
Over the past 20 months, more than 221 peacekeepers have been investigated, 10 civilians have been fired and over 88 uniformed personnel repatriated, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Jean-Marie Guéhenno told the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth) Committee on Thursday.The UN has established conduct and discipline units at Headquarters and in eight missions to put in place preventive strategies to ensure that sexual abuse and exploitation is eradicated, he said.”Ultimately, the eradication of sexual exploitation and abuse in UN peacekeeping missions depends on your enforcement of established standards among the personnel you deploy to peacekeeping missions,” he stressed, urging countries to hold their commanders accountable for enforcing standards in the field.”We will likewise hold to account mission managers,” he pledged.”The Department will need your continued commitment to rid UN peacekeeping of these shameful acts, which include the solicitation of prostitutes,” he added. “I mention this because it is clear that not all personnel have understood this. Please help us get this message across.”With 18 peace operations consisting of 83,000 troops, police and civilian staff currently deployed around the world, the UN peacekeeping’s (DPKO) capacity has increased by five times since 2000, and has successfully completed its mandate in Sierra Leone, and Timor-Leste, and is currently responding to the complex situation in Côte d’Ivoire, and Kosovo, Mr. Guéhenno said.”In 2005 alone we will have supported the organization of elections in 5 post-conflict countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Haiti, Liberia, and soon the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” as well as comprehensive disarmament in DRC and Haiti, he said.The Under-Secretary-General also noted that dedicated personnel operate in an environment of constant budget shortfalls and maximize their resources. “We run the leanest field operations organization in the world,” he said.
by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Oct 21, 2014 8:02 am MDT US existing home sales up 2.4 per cent in Sept. to fastest rate in 2014; still lags 2013 pace AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. homes sold in September at their fastest clip this year, yet the housing market has yet to fully shake off a slowdown that began in the middle of 2013.The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes rose 2.4 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million. Still, the sales rate has dropped 1.7 per cent over the past 12 months.Investors have retreated from the market over the past year. Their departures are being offset by existing homeowners who are upgrading to more expensive properties or downsizing after having raised their children.Rising prices through much of 2013, weak income growth and tighter credit standards have priced out many would-be buyers. Median home prices rose 5.6 per cent over the past 12 months to $209,700.
The statement came after Cyprus’s interior minister said the Troika had already rejected a ‘Plan B’ compromise it had tabled.The Commission said it would have preferred if the proposed levy on bank taxes – which has prompted banks to remain closed for a third successive day, fearing a run when depositors get a chance to withdraw their savings – had not targeted balances under €100,000 at all.The levy, which had aimed to raise €5.8 billion, would have seen 6.75 per cent taken off the balances of all bank accounts with under €100,000 on deposit, and 9.9 per cent on other accounts. The money would have been converted into bank shares and given to the account holders.“The Commission made it clear in the Eurogroup before the vote in the Cypriot parliament, that an alternative solution respecting the financing parameters would be acceptable, preferably without a levy on deposits below €100,000,” it said.“The Cypriot authorities did not accept such an alternative scenario.”The proposals ultimately put to MPs yesterday would have exempted accounts with under €20,000 from the balance, but did not increase the levies at the higher end – meaning the total made under the deal would have been about €300 million short.Cyprus is a popular offshore banking venue with cash-rich Russian investors, leading Russia to attack the proposal. Its banks have faced capital shortfalls since incurring heavy losses on Greek government bonds, which defaulted in an EU-backed move last year.Today the Cypriot finance minister has travelled to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart and discuss the possibility of having the €10 billion in European loans replaced with Russian investment.Russia has already lent €2.5 billion to Cyprus, which was due to be repaid in 2016. Cyprus has been seeking an extension on its repayment dates in parallel with its separate talks on an European bailout.Read: Cyprus minister: Troika rejects our Plan B, and banks might never re-openMore: British military plane takes €1 million to Cyprus THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has appeared to rule out the prospect of revising the terms of the bailout it has offered to Cyprus – saying it is up to the government to find alternative measures that will not be vetoed by its national parliament.Brussels has said the rejection of the proposed €10 billion bailout in the parliament yesterday – when not a single MP voted in favour of a deal that included an extraoirdinary levy on bank deposits – meant the ball was now in the court of the Cypriot government.“Whilst this programme did not in all its elements correspond to the Commission’s proposals and preferences, the Commission felt the duty to support it since the alternatives put forward were both more risky and less supportive to Cyprus’s economy,” the Commission said in a statement.This programme was not accepted by the Cypriot parliament.It is now for the Cypriot authorities to present an alternative scenario respecting the debt sustainability criteria and corresponding financing parameters.
While many of Apple’s fundamental tenets — simplicity, focus on experience over specs, and elegant design — have been there from the get-go, the company has changed through the years. For evidence, look no further than this cheesed-up 1984 spoof of the film Ghostbusters.As you can see, numerous Apple employees use their Mac-powered proton packs to send IBM computers into the trash (Mac trash can icons to be exact). The video is called “Blue Busters,” in reference to IBM’s nickname “Big Blue.” It uses stop-motion animation to communicate just how badly Apple thought that IBM’s desktop PCs needed to be discarded. The video has an audio track that was recorded by the Ghostbusters theme’s singer, Ray Parker Jr., and even has a brief cameo by a 34-year-old Steve Wozniak.The in-house video was never aired as a marketing campaign; rather, it was supposedly aired at Apple’s 1984 International Sales Meeting. A man who says he was at the event says that it was staged as a multimedia extravaganda, including on-stage dancers. Apple was known to use a popular movie as its theme for these events, and it used Back to the Future in the following year’s sales event.While it adds a level of 80’s cheesiness that we don’t typically associate with Apple, there is an underlying attitude that should look familiar. Apple always liked to frame other (market-leading) PC makers as stodgy fools who needed to be displaced by the fun and cool Apple. We saw this with the original Big Brother Macintosh ad, and much later with the lengthy Microsoft-bashing Get a Mac (“I’m a Mac,” “I’m a PC”) campaign.via TheNextWeb
Skype et Facebook avancent main dans la mainGrâce à une mise à jour bêta de Skype, Facebook et le logiciel de messagerie fonctionnent désormais de concert. Explications.Le logiciel de messagerie Skype fait l’objet d’une mise à jour en version de test (5.4 bêta pour Mac et 5.7 bêta pour Windows) qui contient une nouvelle fonction : La communication entre contacts Facebook est désormais possible.Après s’être authentifié avec ses identifiants Facebook, la liste de vos amis Facebook apparaîtra dans la liste des contacts Skype. Il sera alors possible de converser avec eux en utilisant Skype et d’avoir une conversation audio, vidéo, ou via la messagerie instantanée.Le partenariat entre Skype et Facebook s’enrichit donc de manière significative. De plus, la qualité sonore des conversations se voit améliorée. Cette avancée sera certainement présentée en version définitive prochainement.Le 18 novembre 2011 à 14:40 • Maxime Lambert
SEATTLE — The idea of a $15 minimum wage continues to build momentum in the Seattle area, with Mayor Mike McGinn saying he would support an effort to set the standard even higher.In an interview with The Associated Press, McGinn said he thought $15 was a “fair starting point” for the minimum wage discussion. He cautioned that the issue was best handled legislatively and that the actual number would be determined by city councilmembers.“If the council proposed a higher number, I’d support that,” said McGinn, who is seeking re-election next month.He added later: “I would expect that, if re-elected, we would put together a coalition to figure out how far we could go on the minimum wage.”McGinn challenger Ed Murray recently announced that he would push for a $15 minimum wage but planned to proceed with a phased-in approach. Washington already has the nation’s highest state minimum wage at $9.19 an hour, while San Francisco is the local jurisdiction with the highest hourly standard at $10.55.The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, and advocates have been pressing nationwide to push the number higher. In a small effort in the Seattle suburb of SeaTac, union-backed advocates were successful in getting a ballot measure that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.