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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • FEB-MARCH 2016 • Page 5 The H in DHL still tainted YO U can hardly blame DHL for mini- mising the role played by its founder now it’s now an iconic global brand. Unfortunately, 21 years after his pre- sumed death, founder H (Larry Hillb- lom) – is still casting more than a slight shadow over his creation. After 21 years with no sighting – de- spite the best hyped efforts of various conspiracy merchants – it can be rea- sonably certain that Hillblom died dur- ing a May 21 1995 flight from Pagan to Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. He had just turned 52 and had spent his final years in ongoing debauchery, collecting aircraft and making rather odd investments. But the conspiracy merchants have a peg to continue hanging their tales on possible non-death: Why had Hillblom’s Saipan home been so exhaustively cleaned that not a scrap of DNA was to be found, let alone any other proof of the man’s existence? There has been a lot of speculation, but no definitive answer. That was to cause problems when various people popped up to say they had enjoyed sexual relations with Hillb- lom, whose predilection was for young virgins. Several had offspring who claimed a share of the dollar mountain he left behind. Things got nasty, with some of the women claiming (in his absence) he had raped them. These offences were to be satisfied by heavy payouts from the estate. None of Hillblom’s family were keen to provide DNA for comparison and in a medical farce a facial mole sup- posedly removed from Hillblom and released by the medical centre holding it – despite that centre being owned by the stipulated beneficiary of his will and thus likely to lose out if heirs were identified – turned out not to be his at all. Eventually a judge forced the family to provide DNA and four heirs were identified, each eventually receiving around US$50 million after taxes and fees. It was all such a melodrama that a movie was made about it - plus a book: James Scurlock’s King Larry. Despite this bounty, one of the recip- ients has again made the headlines for running drugs in Palau and subsequent- ly escaping from custody. He is Junior Larry Hillbroom – pre- sumably his mother didn’t quite catch Larry Senior’s name during their personal encounter – who was born in Palau and has lived there and in Guam. Hillbroom appears headed for fur- ther incarceration and legal fees will probably eat even more into what is left of his inheritance. However, there might be a little extra in the kitty one day, because lawyers have been battling to claw back some of the fees paid to predecessors in the long-running inheritance action. Junior Larry Hillbroom HONG Kong Air Cargo Terminals Lim- ited (Hactl) has carried out handling for 64 of the world’s most valuable horses that competed at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong. Recognised as Asia’s biggest and most prestigious equestrian event, this year’s Longines Masters marked the fourth year of the event was held in Hong Kong, and was the culmination of a 2016 intercontinental series that began in Los Angeles, before moving to Paris. Hactl handles 64 top horses for the 2016 Longines Masters in HK As in 2015, the official carrier for the event was Emirates, for which Hactl is the cargo handling agent in Hong Kong. Emirates transported the horses from Liege via Dubai World Central to Hong Kong. Hactl unloaded the horses in their air stalls, and transferred them through its dedicated animal handling centre, loading them onto waiting horse boxes using special low-angle ramps to avoid injury. The entire operation, and the prepa- ration of the Longines Masters equine competitors, was co-ordinated from Belgium by European Horse Services. Hactl has handled the Longines Mas- ters equine entrants for all of its four years in Hong Kong.