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Teeyapar Sretsirisuvarna

Teeyapar Sretsirisuvarna, nickname Nampetch is a Thai DJ and beauty pageant titleholder, crowned Miss Earth Thailand 2019. She represented Thailand at the Miss Earth 2019 pageant and she was placed in Top 20. Teeyapar Sretsirisuvarna was born in Thailand, she graduated form Business Administration of the North Bangkok University. Now she studying MBA for IT-Smart at Ramkhamhaeng University. Sretsirisuvarna competed in Miss Universe Thailand 2014 and placed at 2nd runner up, but she was dethroned because her scandal. Sretsirisuvarna was appointed as Miss Earth Thailand 2019 by National Director of Miss Earth Thailand. Sretsirisuvarna was represent Thailand at Miss Earth 2019 pageant in Parañaque, Philippines on October 26, 2019 where she placed in the Top 20 and won Best Eco-Social Media Award. During Miss Earth 2019, She was part of the FIRE group together with more than 29 other candidates

Hormusjee Naorojee Mody

Sir Hormusjee Naorojee Mody was a successful Indian Parsi businessman in Hong Kong. He made Hong Kong his home for 50 years, during which he did much for the benefit of the colony, founded the Hong Kong University, he was born in Bombay and moved to Hong Kong around 1860. At the time there was a large community of Parsi merchants based in Hong Kong, including Dorabjee Naorojee Mithaiwala, who founded the Star Ferry and Jehangir Hormujee Ruttonjee who helped establish the Hong Kong Ruttonjee Sanatorium. Mody arrived in Hong Kong in 1858 with help from his uncle Jehangirjee Buxey, he spent his early days in the colony as an auctioneer of opium a respectable activity. After working at Bank of Hindustan and Japan and Buxey and Company, Mody partnered with another Indian immigrant, Sir Catchick Paul Chater, to form the brokerage company Chater and Mody which enjoyed great success in the real estate/land business. Mody saw the potential of buying and developing land in Kowloon after it was ceded to the British in 1860.

Both partners participated in the great Praya Reclamation Scheme of 1887. Mody contributed towards founding of University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Jockey Club and Kowloon Cricket Club Sir Hormusjee Mody and his wife Maneckbai had five children, 4 boys and a girl. Sirinbai Mody married to Nusseranji Dady, they had a son Hormusjee. Merwanjee Mody 1858-1910 Naoroz Hormusjee Naoroji Mody 1875-1944 Jehangirjee Hormusjee Mody 1876-1949 Dinshawjee Hormusjee Mody 1882-1920 Mody was a friend of the Hong Kong Governor, Sir Frederick Lugard and his wife Flora Shaw, who wished to found a university in Hong Kong. Mody offered to contribute a great sum of money, $150,000, to help establish the University of Hong Kong, provided it was matched by donations from other sources, his donation almost doubled to $285,000, was a significant component of the total endowment for the inception of this institution. At the foundation ceremony on 16th March 1910, Mody summed up his reasons for contributing towards HKU "As a young man, the advantages of education were not within my reach, I have to-day at my advanced age to confess myself'no scholar'.

Throughout my long life I have daily realised all I have missed for want of a sound education, it was with the idea of in some measure providing for others what I was myself denied that I determined to offer to erect at my own cost a building which should bring within their reach those educational advantages which I have myself so missed". Hong Kong Telegraph 17 March 1910 rightly summed up this event taking queue from the speech of Viceroy of Canton during the ceremony. “.... They Built Better Than They Knew…..”Sadly, Sir H. N. Mody did not survive long enough to see opening of the university; the University was opened on 11 March 1912. Sir Hormusjee Mody’s son Naoroz Hormusjee Naoroji Mody attended the opening ceremony, said: “Your Excellency, it is with feelings of the utmost pleasure and pride that I proceed to perform the duty which devolves upon me of formally in the name of my late father, presenting this University building, to the community, requesting that you, may be pleased to declare the same open, and, on behalf of my mother, I desire to express her regret that, through ill health, she is unable to be present this day……I desire to express to your Excellency the satisfaction which my mother and family feel on this auspicious occasion when the work so nobly undertaken by your Excellency and my father, is about to be brought to so successful and fitting a conclusion……….

I would add that had my father been spared to see this day his heart would have rejoiced at this realisation of his hopes. I may further state that I have given instructions for the making of a silver model of the main Building of the University which, when complete, I would ask your Excellency to accept as a souvenir of this opening ceremony, which is, I think a memorable one in the annals of the Colony.” Knighted on 16th March 1910 post his speech during foundation ceremony of HKU. It was announced by Sir Frederick Lugard. "His Majesty has been pleased to approve. Letters Patent will be issued in due course. I concur in your proposal to announce the honour at the laying of the foundation stone of the University. A simultaneous announcement will be made in the United Kingdom.“ Legion of Honour bestowed by the French government. Nicknamed ‘the Napoleon of the Rialto’ for becoming the director of many companies. Winner of 11 Hong Kong Derby's and 1 Shanghai Derby, he raced under the name of "Mr. Buxey" and his colours were “Blue and white stripes”.

Several places in Hong Kong are named after him: Mody Road and Mody Square in Tsim Sha Tsui Mody died at his residence, Buxey Lodge, Conduit Road, Hong Kong in 1911 and is buried in the Hong Kong Parsee Cemetery in Happy Valley. A bronze bust of Sir Hormusjee N. Mody was presented by the Incorporated Trustees of the Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong and Macao to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the University, it resides on the main staircase of the main building. Every year on founder's day, the Parsi community of Hong Kong visit the Hong Kong University along with university students and officials to remember him. A small prayer is said by a Parsi Zoroastrian priest in front of bust of Sir Hormusjee N. Mody; every year Mody Handicap race is run in his honour by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Twentieth Century Impressions of Hongkong and other Treaty Ports of China, Mr. H. N. Mody, 1908 Honouring the First Benefactor of HKU "The Race Goes On...:A Millennium Retrospect of Racing in Hong Kong"