|Child's death draws attention to protection agency
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The nation's child protection agency is starting to receive some
scrutiny in the wake of the death of a 3 month old Wednesday.
Officials disclosed Thursday that the Patronato Nacional de la
Infancia, the child protection agency, had already received a complaint
about the same household.
The complaint originated with the biological father of two of the
children in the family. He was not living with the mother and
complained about the treatment one of his daughters received at the
hands of the mother's new companion.
The biological father of the 3 month old, Ronald Jacob Esquivel
Rojas, is being investigated for the physical damage inflicted on the
The baby, Videl Esquivel Cubillo. suffered a
skull and broken bones in the legs and arms, judicial agents reported.
Officials disclosed that the Patronato workers overlooked the fact that
the suspect already was under investigation and facing trial in a
separate child beating case.
The case was a topic of criticism at the legislature Thursday.
Legislator Lorelly Trejos demanded more protection for children.
said that 31 boys or girls suffered similar deaths in the last year.
And some 1.970 children have been treated this year at the Hospital
Nacional de Niños for what appears to have been aggression by an
In other cases know to reporters, investigators of the Patronato have
failed to follow up on complaints or declined to visit some homes
because they were in crime-ridden areas.
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may be near to end Limón dock strike
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Limón dockworker union chiefs were presenting a proposed
settlement to their members Thursday night.
If the rank-and-file accepts the deal, the nine-day strike will be
ended. Officials said that the results of the union decision would be
made known this morning. Casa Presidencial did not outline the
The deal is believed to be close to what the central government offered
in the first place. The executive branch offered a basket of goodies
Monday that totaled 406 billion colons, about $844 million. The plan
called for improving the public docks at Moín and infrastructure
work in the central canton of Limón.
The deal did not include the prime union demand that a concession
holders of a new facility share the work of handling the shipping
The union leaders were given 48 hours to consider the office.
Negotiations Thursday went on for nearly all day
Presidencial. The government team included Melvin
Jiménez, the minister of the Presidencia; Víctor
Morales, minister of Trabajo, and Ann Mc Kinley, the president of
Limón port agency. The union was represented by
José Luis Castillo and
The port agency is the Junta de Administración Portuaria y
Económica de la Vertiente Atlántica. known as JAPADEVA.
are members of the Sindicato de Trabajadores de JAPDEVA.
Dock workers are afraid of losing their jobs when a new $1 billion
container handling facility is constructed. They gave fought
aggressively against the project even though the proposal by a Dutch
firm seems to have a lot of support among residents there and those in
the business community. There are estimated that the new terminal will
need about 20 percent of the employees now working on the public docks.
President Luis Guillermo Solís sent in the Fuerza Pública
and keep the
docks operating just hours after strikers stopped work Oct. 23. The
docks continued to operate with temporary workers, and the union
appeared to be at a disadvantage.