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FLORIDA---Tropical Storm Grace has formed in
the Atlantic and is expected to strengthen some
more before possibly weakening to a remnant low
by the time it reaches the Caribbean next week.
Grace formed this afternoon as the seventh named
storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
At 5 am, it was located at 24N 43.2W, carrying
maximum sustained winds of about 45 miles per
hour, and moving towards the west at 13 miles per
"Some additional strengthening is expected dur-
ing the next day or so, with weakening possible by
Monday," the National Hurricane Centre (NHC)
Forecasters say that with an environment of wind
shear and dry air ahead, Grace s future is somewhat
But they say it seems likely the storm will even-
tually start to weaken and could become a remnant
low before reaching the Lesser Antilles late in the
However, the storm is still more than five days
away from the islands and poses no threat at the
Meantime, Tropical Depression Fred is weakening
but still fighting its hostile environment.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to
near 35 miles per hour and the NHC says no sig-
nificant change in strength is forecast during the
next 48 hours.
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran says
T&T officials in Caracas, Venezuela, have been
asked to assist in attempts to secure the release
of T&T student in Saudi Arabia, Tariq Shamoon,
who was detained as a suspected terrorist since
After addressing a special luncheon in his honour,
hosted by his ministry at the Hyatt Regency on
Friday, Dookeran was questioned on the issue.
He said the officials at the T&T Embassy in
Caracas, with responsibility for Saudi Arabia was
advised to "inform us on the status of that mat-
Dookeran said he had not received any report as
Mohammed is a fourth-year student and is due
to complete his degree in Arabic and theology stud-
ies at the University of Medinah next June.
Asked if he was confident the matter will be
resolved speedily, Dookeran said: "I don t know,
we have to look into it and hear what they say. But
we have made diplomatic contact. That is all I can
Earlier Dookeran said he was deeply touched by
the luncheon hosted for him. He thanked Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for playing a direct
and deliberate role in certain Foreign Affairs ini-
tiatives which have helped advance the country in
the past three years. "It is the Prime Minister who,
in an ultimate sense, was able to chart the foreign
policy direction of our nation.
She provided what I considered to be the lead-
ership required for building an image for T&T," he
He said Persad-Bissessar played critical roles in
the relationship with Venezuela and made bold and
courageous statements at the UN, specifically with
farewell at luncheon
respect to the fight against terrorism.
Dookeran also praised Persad-Bissessar for her
role in T&T s failed attempt to host the secretariat
of the Small Arms Trade Treaty.
He said T&T lost its bid by three votes to Switzer-
land last week.
Dookeran thanked former chairman of the Police
Service Commission Nizam Mohammed for encour-
aging him to enter politics more than 30 years ago.
Tropical Storm Grace
forms with projections
of Caribbean encounter
from right, enjoys
a moment with
Dr Noe Jaen,
second from left,
Dr Maria Jaen
partner Ernst and
Colin Soo Ping
Chow, left, during
luncheon for him
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