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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials said Friday that an administrative change will enable the state to offer early prepayments to “tens of thousands” of unemployed workers waiting to have their claims adjudicated.

The state’s adjudication process has been clogged by a backlog that typically runs between 12 and 16 weeks, leaving many newly jobless Oregonians without income for months during the coronavirus pandemic, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Qualifying workers will receive prepayments while their claims work through the adjudication process. They will have to pay the money back if Oregon ultimately denies their claims, but the state says it chose participants who are likely to have claims approved.

The prepayments will still take “several weeks,” according to David Gerstenfeld, the Oregon Employment Department’s interim director.

“We think that it will help a lot of people but it will still take some time,” Gerstenfeld said.

Unemployed workers may face claims adjudication for many reasons including if they have left the state or if they have been laid off by a school district from jobs that typically continue through the summer.

The state says it will notify employees who qualify for the adjudication prepayments by email or robocall. There is no process to apply to participate in the new program.

Email notifications began going out Friday.

The department, wrestling with outdated technology, says it has been unable to determine how many people are waiting for adjudication. But it says the total is large. Many of those workers will receive payments for several thousand dollars in backlogged claims.

Inundated by more than 650,000 jobless claims since the state’s COVID-19 shutdown began in March, and grappling with a computer system that dates to 1993, the employment department has struggled to pay benefits throughout the pandemic.

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Man City ‘offer £57m plus bonuses for Kalidou Koulibaly transfer’ but Napoli demand £63m up front

MANCHESTER CITY have made an opening offer for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports.

The Etihad outfit have already secured the £41million signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake this summer as they attempt to close the 18-point gap to Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

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City are hoping to tempt the Italian side into selling Koulibaly with an opening bid of £57million plus bonuses, but it is thought Napoli will hold out for at least £63million up front.

Koulibaly, 29, has been a long-standing target for a number of top clubs, including City and rivals Manchester United.

Although, it is understood United have yet to make a formal offer for the Senegalese international.

Napoli are hoping the sale of Koulibaly can help recoup some of the club record £74million spent on the signing of Lille striker Victor Osimhen.

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And club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has hinted the defender's time at the Stadio San Paolo may be coming to an end.

"Kalidou is a great person, I would be terribly sad to lose him," said De Laurentiis.

"But there is a time for everything, even to move apart."

Koulibaly has made 246 appearances over the course of a six-year spell in Naples.

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Man City are in the market for defenders this summer and see Koulibaly as a belated replacement for Vincent Kompany, who departed the Etihad last summer.

Both John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi have fallen out of favour with City boss Pep Guardiola and have been linked with moves elsewhere in recent weeks.

Guardiola has preferred 19-year-old Eric Garcia in their stead - but the Spaniard himself has been linked with a move to Barcelona this summer and his future at City appears uncertain.

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