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Welcoming a Nobel resident

Published:Sunday | October 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Former Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall and now resident in Jamaica Professor Dr Michael Nobel.
Kevin Hendrickson (left) certainly has the attention of Parris Lyew Jr as Jackie Hendrickson looks on.
Joline Whiteman (left) enjoys a glass of wine as she converses with the Japanese Ambassador Yasuo Takase (right) and his wife, Sayoko Takase.-Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
From left: Dr Omar Davies has the full attention of Sir Kenneth Hall and Dr Michael Nobel.-Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
Welcoming Peter Phillips to the reception is Patricia Foote, looking on (from left) are Lady Rheima Hall and Arnold Foote.
South African High Commissioner Mathu Joyini is greeted by Dr Michael Nobel while Sir Kenneth Hall does the introductions.
It's an intense discussion between Dr Omar Davies (right) and Dr Vin Lawrence.
Sharing a light moment are (from left) Professor Dr Michael Nobel, Professor Errol Morrison, and Lori-Ann Lyn.
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Randy Bowman, Assistant Lifestyle Coordinator

IT WAS a private function in a public space as described by Sir Kenneth Hall as he and his wife, Lady Rhema Hall, and Patricia and Arnold Foote, welcomed their friend and the newest 'resident' of Jamaica. The Jamaica Pegasus hotel was the location for the reception on September 30, to welcome and announce the residency in Jamaica of Swedish professor, Michael Nobel.

In his opening remarks, Sir Kenneth Hall welcomed all who turned out, noting, "I have gathered all present for a specific reason. You are the nation builders who play a vital and multiple roles in society, and I am delighted you are present."

Speaking of the guest of honour, Foote highlighted Nobel's many accomplishments.

"Michael Nobel sits on several international prize committees and has received many international citations and awards for his work in the fields of medicine and conflict resolution. These include an honorary doctorate from Soka University in Japan, and five honorary professorships from various universities. A couple years ago, he (Nobel) was telling me of two countries who offered him citizenship or residency. I said, if you are going to be a resident of any other country other than Sweden, it should be Jamaica, the most beautiful country on earth. After several discussions with him on the matter, I am very pleased to announce that Professor Dr Michael Nobel of the famous Nobel family, is now a resident of Jamaica," added Foote.

With that said, the honoured guest took to the floor. After thanking the Halls and Footes, he shared how he felt.

"I am very pleased, honoured and overwhelmed by the hospitality received, especially for a man at this age," Nobel shared. "And I am just as pleased to make acquaintances with all of you."

On October 2, Nobel gave a distinguished lecture and received an honorary doctorate at The University of Technology.