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As the Republic of Equatorial Guinea successfully convened the World Conference of Mayors this week in Malabo and has developed into a meeting place for Africans and African-Americans, their diverse constituencies are drawn by a single impediment to growth. “HIV/AIDS is continually having an effect on development in both continents. Often, Mayors are the first responders in finding services for the HIV positive population and to keep people HIV negative”, Victor Mooney said. Mr. Mooney is executive director of US based South African Arts International and long-time rower. The New Yorker is hoping Equatorial Guinea will donate the remaining cost for his journey across the Atlantic Ocean to fight the disease. The rower has received an outpouring of in-kind support, but needs a boat for the mission. The boat is equipped with satellite communications, water desalinator ... (more)

Equatorial Guinea Saluted in New York City

With the beautiful ambiance overlooking the East River, the United Nations played host for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea forty-fourth Anniversary marking their Independence from Spain. Diplomats from United Nations member states, Observer Status Missions and Representatives of Non-Governmental Agencies were on hand to mark this occasion. In an unprecedented accolade bestowed to The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, The City of New York’s, Borough President of Brooklyn, The Honorable Marty Markowitz and Bronx Borough President, The Honorable Ruben Diaz, Jr. proclaimed “Equatoria... (more)

A Tweet of Faith for World AIDS Day

Bid on a commemorative rowing oar at Ebay from November 29 – December 3, which was signed by U.S. Congressional members and United Nation diplomats. Mr. Mooney of Queens puts his faith first on World AIDS Day and the eight anniversary of the Blessed John Paul, benediction of his mission to raise the global awareness of HIV/AIDS, encouragement of voluntary HIV testing and access to anti-retroviral medicine for those who need them. “Reality may have anchored my pursuit to cross the Atlantic Ocean, but I operate in the spiritual world. The father says all things are possible and hav... (more)

Equatorial Guinea: 2012 Convener of the Year

  New York City based South African Arts International, Ltd. is proud to announced that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has been selected for the 2012 Convener of the Year. This newly awarded accolade is being bestowed to a country that has showed great skill, courage and humanity in bringing Heads of State, government officials, International Humanitarian Agencies, Non Governmental Agencies, International Sports Governing Body’s, Artists, Artisans, Intellectuals and the Diaspora together. “H.E. Obiang, President of Equatorial Guinea, has mastered the Art of Humanity by bri... (more)

AIDS Fighting Rowboat Gets Ready For Next Mission

The Spirit of Malabo, a 24' foot Brazilian built ocean rowboat, was hoisted from the Jamaica Bay at Gateway Marina early today and rolled on a cradle with Service Caster wheels. The vessel will be used to promote voluntary HIV testing during a transatlantic row from the Canary Islands to New York with a resupply in the British Virgin Islands later this year. Spirit of Malabo will be sent to Las Palmas via Maersk Line. The vessel will be powered by Victor Mooney of Queens, who recently wrapped up his sea trials with The Spirit of Malabo during a ninety mile row from the Hampton'... (more)