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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 child.

The baby, Videl Esquivel Cubillo. suffered a
fractured 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. She 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 adult.

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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Agreement 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 agreement.

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 containers.

The union leaders were given 48 hours to consider the office.

Negotiations Thursday went on for nearly all day
at Casa Presidencial. The government team  included  Melvin Jiménez, the minister of the Presidencia;  Víctor Morales, minister of Trabajo, and  Ann Mc Kinley, the president of the Limón port agency. The union was represented by  José Luis Castillo and María Miranda.

The port agency is the  Junta de Administración Portuaria y Desarrollo Económica de la Vertiente Atlántica. known as JAPADEVA. The strikers 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.

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