The New Year has not brought any relief to drivers and riders of Guatemala City’s public buses. At least five people were killed and many more injured yesterday in what was presumed to be another in a long line of bombings by criminal gangs that extort protection payments from bus operators. Altegrity International cites Guatemalan police estimates that in 2010 gangs extorted more than $1.5 million and killed at least 150 bus drivers and their assistants. Observers and travelers to Guatemala have been warning of these risks since 2008.

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Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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