Mike and Jennifer Panaggio’s lives revolve around children – lots of them, from all over the world.

From their gracious Port Orange home, they tell their story.

The couple founded DME Academy at 2441 Bellevue Ave. in Daytona Beach about five years ago. Their website describes the academy as an elite, multi-sport training and educational institution designed to help student athletes reach their potential, harness their strengths and achieve their goals.

But the academy goes way beyond that. They bring children from many countries, sixth to 12th grade, to America to experience cultures from other countries and learn to respect them.

The academy teaches students confidence and leadership skills. (The students all receive personalized business cards.) Many of the students earn scholarships and go on to college. Some of the students go back to their own countries and excel in professional sports or other careers. One graduating student is projected to be a first-round NBA draft pick.

“Our job is to give these kids a chance to get into college,” Mr. Panaggio said. “You don’t win on the scoreboard. Our job is to get kids to reach their potential.”

They direct parents to a website, athleteplus.org, which helps them understand the college application process. “We match kids up to the right college,” he explained. “Why guess when we can measure.”

Mr. Panaggio’s father, Mauro, was a huge influence in his life. His father, a basketball coach and teacher, gave him the vision for the direction of his future.

DME Academy is a family endeavor. Ms. Panaggio, a native of China and a U.S. citizen for 25 years, “puts her heart and soul into the academy,” according to Mr. Panaggio, and is “one of the best contributors.” His 28-year-old son, Matt, is head basketball coach at the academy. Mr. Panaggio’s younger brother, Dan, is also a contributor. His 25-year-old daughter, April, and Ms. Panaggio’s 26-year-old daughter, Angelina, both work in Serbia at DME Video, which specializes in video and animation. Mr. Panaggio has a 39-year-old daughter, Jaclyn, who is a doctor. The Panaggios also have four grandchildren.

DME Academy has 110 students from around the world this year. There is even a day camp at DME for younger children (ages 3-4) to get them involved in sports. DME Sports also has 1,400 local children involved in volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, figure skating and hockey. Even in 90 degree weather, skating goes on daily at the ice skating rink in South Daytona’s Sunshine Plaza. DME Sports upgraded the ice rink, one of only 17 in Florida, about four years ago. The ice skating rink is open to the public.

Eric Perrin, a former professional hockey player for the Tampa Bay Lightning, his wife and his daughter all work for DME, and his son is enrolled in school at DME. Athletic director for DME is Laura Steagall, whose husband is head basketball coach at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

“Everything is about getting great leaders to teach the kids,” Mr. Panaggio said.

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They are here! New Walt Disney World Annual Pass Options are back starting September 8, 2021. After Disneyland Resort introduced their Magic Key Pass program, once again AP holders get their chance to bring more magic home. As the 50th anniversary of Magic Kingdom approaches, Disney shared today via the Disney Parks Blog that they will once again invite new Walt Disney World Annual Passholders to be a part of this beloved program!

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Walt Disney World Annual Pass Options Available Next Month

From Disney:

We are introducing four new Annual Passes offering the flexibility and choice to meet guest needs, each designed based on Passholder feedback. These passes will help our biggest fans experience all that’s to come during “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” – from new attractions and nighttime spectaculars to dazzling decorations at all four theme parks and more!

As we approach Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebration, four unique passes will be available: The top-tier Disney Incredi-Pass, the Disney Sorcerer Pass, the Disney Pirate Pass, and the most affordable option, the Disney Pixie Dust Pass. Leaving behind a single exclusive Florida Resident option (they have a few options as well as DVC being included in some), all four Annual Passholder passes will be available for purchase on September 8, 2021, and offer a few different benefits or cons like blockout dates. All Walt Disney World Annual Pass options include savings of up to 20% on dining, merchandise, and more.

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Within the new annual pass program, the top-tier Disney Incredi-Pass will set a user back $1299, which is a fair amount as we thought the price point was going to be much higher. Payment plans are available for Florida residents, and this pass has no theme park blackout dates. Incredi-Pass users will be able to have up to 5 theme park reservations at a time!

The Disney Sorcerer Pass still provides some great benefits, like an $899 price point, park hopping, etc., with the only “con” being blackout dates starting at this tier (and below). It should be noted that this park pass is only available to Florida Residents AND DVC members.

Florida residents are really in luck here, being the only ones able to purchase the Disney Pirate Pass, and most affordable option, the Disney Pixie Dust Pass. These passes are $699 and $399 respectively, have lots of blackout dates and seasons, and have limited Park Reservation options.

Here, we can find Walt Disney World Resort’s breakdown of the new items available to Annual Passholders: Available will be a newly integrated Calendar, planning options, PhotoPass add-on purchases, Water Park purchases, and blackout date viewing. You will be able to have more Park reservations at a single time and adding of “bonus reservations!”

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Here, we can find Walt Disney World Resort’s breakdown of the new items available to Annual Passholders: Available will be a newly integrated Calendar, planning options, PhotoPass add-on purchases, Water Park purchases, and

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union on Friday moved to reinstate COVID travel restrictions like quarantine and testing requirements for unvaccinated citizens of the United States and five other countries, two diplomats told Reuters.

EU countries started a procedure to remove the United States from a list of countries whose citizens can travel to the 27-nation bloc without additional COVID restrictions.

The non-binding list currently has 23 countries on it, including Japan, Qatar and Ukraine, but some of the 27 EU countries already have their own limits on U.S. travellers in place.

One diplomat said other countries that would be removed from the safe travel list were Kosovo, Israel, Montenegro, Lebanon and North Macedonia.

The decision on new EU travel restrictions for foreigners would become final on Monday should no EU country object, the sources, as well as two more EU officials, added.

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The list is compiled on the basis of COVID-19 situation in each country, as well as reciprocity.

Despite EU calls, the United States does not allow European citizens to visit freely and the bloc has been divided between those pushing for equal treatment and those more reliant on tourism and reluctant to restrict U.S. travellers.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott, Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.

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There are a number of songs where you only have to hear one verse and the song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day — they are known as earworms. One of those songs is “it’s a small world”. Guests who go on the popular Disney attraction only need to ride it once, and they can find themselves humming the tune for the rest of the day.

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However, some Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom on August 27 got stuck on The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed and listened to the song on repeat for an extended period of time. Some Guests were stuck on the attraction for well over an hour, although it does appear that the music was eventually turned off.

Guests shared on social media that “it’s a small world” had broken down and many were stuck on the ride for over an hour as Cast Members tried to evacuate everyone as safely and quickly as possible. Magic Park Guest Jennifer Yahne (@jenyahne) actually blamed herself and the powers of her curses for the breakdown.

I cursed the scariest ride at Disney World and broke it.

Kelly Holmes (@kellyhunnybunny) shared photos of the evacuation taking place as well as a photo of Cast Members actually in the water helping manually move the boats along. When boat rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean and “it’s a small world” break down, Cast Members sometimes need to suit up, get in the water, and manually move the boats in order to assist during the evacuation.

Remember when we went on small world and it broke and we had to be like evacuated and it was amazing

Twitter user Andrew Opak (@AndrewOpak) was one of those Guests who was unfortunately stuck for over an hour — but he did find joy in the fact that one member of his party had to listen to the attraction’s song the entire time.

So…..stuck on It’s A Small World and we are being escorted off boat by boat. The best was Michele had to hear its a small world 500 times! Ah, classic! @ Magic Kingdom

While no one wants to see Cast Members coming through the water to evacuate them off of a ride they waited to get on, it sometimes happens. Cast Members do everything they can to make the evacuation as safe, easy, and efficient as possible, but in some cases, like the one with “it’s a small world”, it can take a while to get everyone safely off the ride and back on land.

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In the past, Cast Members have also had to get wet while assisting Guests off Pirates of the Caribbean. While Disney tries

Walt Disney World Resort continues to share updates regarding theme park and Disney Resort hotel operations. The most recent update pertains to the refurbishments of the swimming pools at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Here’s the latest Disney World hotel refurbishment news that you should know when booking your next Disney trip in advance.

Related: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Refurbishment – See the Moana-Themed Rooms!

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Disney has shared that the Contemporary Feature Pool at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground are set to undergo refurbishments in 2023. As Guests are planning their vacations very far in advance, this is good to keep in mind, especially when it comes to using the swimming pools or hearing construction taking place.

In case you aren’t familiar, there are dozens of Resorts at Walt Disney World Resort located in Orlando, Florida. Both Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground are located near Magic Kingdom, along with Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Due to their close proximity to Magic Kingdom and easy transportation, these are very popular Disney Resorts for families, specifically.

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Below is the latest update shared by Disney:

In an effort to continually enhance the Guest experience here at Walt Disney World Resort, we refresh our offerings from time to time.

The Contemporary Feature Pool at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will be unavailable in winter 2023 while it undergoes maintenance work. As an alternative, Guests staying at this Disney Resort hotel may enjoy the Bay Pool, leisure pool at the Contemporary Resort.

Additionally, the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will be unavailable beginning January through April 2023 while it undergoes maintenance work. As an alternative, Guests staying at this Disney Resort hotel may enjoy the Wilderness Swimmin’ pool.

During this time, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms, Guest cabins and campsites between dusk and 9 a.m.

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There is also a lot of construction currently taking place at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. If you visit this summer, you will see tarps covering several areas of the hotel as Disney continues refurbishments. The rooms at the Resort are currently being rethemed to The Incredibles.

Working with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, such as our friends at Academy Travel, is an excellent way to stay in-the-know about the latest updates at Disney Parks and Resorts. If you are concerned about refurbishments at the Disney Resort you are interested in staying at, or if you want your vacation to be planned with comfort and ease, we highly recommend booking with a Disney travel agent. Click here to book!

Related: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to Undergo Construction

Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for more information and the latest Disney Parks updates!

 


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More than 260 million people suffer from depression and anxiety in the United States. It’s one of the top three workplace problems for employees and costs the global economy over a trillion dollars in lost productivity every year. When I looked around and noticed that I was becoming a statistic, I knew something had to change.

Holding a degree in commerce and international business had gotten me a good office job. I further got certifications in data science and data analysis with IBM to enhance my skills. While I was good at my job and it provided stability, I felt stuck. “Who is Pablo Valero?” was a question I would often ask myself. The people I was surrounded with had different goals in life. As I didn’t have enough in common with my co-workers to bother socializing with them, I became withdrawn and could feel the wanderer in me beginning to suffocate. What tipped me over the edge was how my manager always had something negative to say about me or my work. I was feeling more stressed and depressed each passing day.

Making a change

Working in a corporate job was enough to help me earn a good living, but I never had a chance to travel, even for business purposes, which led to boredom. I was determined to make a change. I started applying to other jobs while still working at my office job. One of the jobs I applied for was on a cruise ship. Within a month of applying, I went through the interview process and was hired. I immediately quit my office job and was flown to Miami to start working on my first cruise ship, Navigator of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean International.  

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While the position wasn’t without its challenges  one of the most significant being working on a ship every day for seven to nine months  I finally felt like the people around me were aligned with my own goals, ideas and vision. I loved the experience of traveling for a cruise line and meeting new people as part of my work. It was a thrilling 180 from my old office job. I was getting paid to travel the world and meet people from different countries and cultures. Since I didn’t have to pay expenses like gas, food, electricity and water bills or rent, I was taking home almost as much money as I was making at my old job without any of the depression and stress I had experienced. Working on cruise ships makes me happy, and for me, that’s more important than money.

Charting a new course after the pandemic 

When the Covid-19 pandemic started, it was pure chaos for the cruise line. No one seemed to know what to do  not even the company. Fortunately, my contract had ended

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There are 197 countries in the world, and Drew Binsky, YouTube travel vlogger, has just two left to visit: Jamaica and Saudi Arabia.

His passion for travel started as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, when he had the opportunity to study abroad in Prague in 2012. He decided then to make seeing the world a priority.

He didn’t want to go the corporate job route after college even though he had a degree in economics. When a friend told him about a program where he could teach English to children in a town outside of Seoul, he jumped at the chance. His experience in South Korea cemented his love of traveling: After teaching for two years, Binsky set out to visit every country in the world.

While teaching in South Korea, he started sharing his travel experiences on a blog called the Hungry Partier, where he would document his travel and nightlife experiences. The success of the blog led him to launch a YouTube channel and Facebook page in 2015. 

A stroke of luck would help Binsky’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel to spike in popularity. In 2017, he made a video about a three-day guided tour he took in North Korea, which went viral and garnered nearly 10 million views. After seeing the success on his video, he turned his energy into creating more content for YouTube and Facebook.

Using YouTube to bring people together

For Binsky, the appeal of traveling and sharing his story and the stories of others lays in a desire to emphasize the common humanity between his viewers and those considered strangers in far flung countries.

“I have my heart in countries like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Turkmenistan, Iran, Lebanon — those countries that everybody is scared to go to,” Binsky says. “And [my viewers] think that it’s only a war zone, and they think it’s so unsafe. But when you go there and you meet people and connect with the humanity aspects of these countries, it’s really beautiful.”

Travel vlogging has hardly been an easy job for Binsky, and he emphasizes that it’s important to recognize that traveling to a new country may bring a unique set of challenges. He struggled to shoot videos in Libya and in countries in Central and West Africa, for example, because people were more skeptical of being filmed.

“I love the challenge,” Binksy says. “And I love trying to overcome these struggles. At the end of the day, I’m just trying to share the best stories that I can share.”

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Binsky initially started out traveling on a budget, but in recent years travel vlogging has become quite lucrative for him.

He now has 2.7 million subscribers on YouTube and more than

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Rosie jumps through the hoop for Tommy Breen and Luella Lynn during the Texas Tommy’s Wild West Revue free stage show Saturday.

It was nearly 17 years ago when Tommy Breen decided to run away and join the circus.

Maybe not exactly the circus, but he’s been in the carnival business, entertaining crowds with magic and comedy, a long time. His Texas Tommy’s Wild West Revue and World of Wonders are appearing for the first time at the North Dakota State Fair. Both on Stage 8, World of Wonders has shows at 12:30 p.m, 3:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The Wild West Revue repeats at 2:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. each day of the fair.

Breen is a New Jersey native, whose base now is in Florida. However, he informs his audiences that he did spend a year in Texas to qualify for the Texas Tommy title.

Always wanting to travel, Breen began considering his other travel career options when his stint with a band didn’t work out. He said to himself, “People run away and join the circus, right? I’ll just do that.”

“Once I had that idea I was like, ‘Yeah, I think I really would like to do that,’” he said. “I quit my job. I sublet my apartment. I thought I’d do it for a year, just to say — ‘At one time I joined the sideshow.’ And I loved it so I just stayed.”

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Luella Lynn shows off her lasso skills during the Wild West Revue on Stage 8.

After attending the Coney Island Sideshow School, he joined World of Wonders, a highly rated, long-time show run by Ward Hall, known as king of the sideshows. Breen joined as a sword swallower.

World of Wonders was where he received his real education in the sideshow business, he said. He eventually came in as a partner and in 2017 became sole owner. He added the Wild West Revue, which is in its third year.

The show generally tours from March through October, although COVID-19 put things on hold last year and the restart has been gradual.

Breen said he spent last year at home training his pig, Rosie, to do new tricks in the Wild West Revue. Rosie, who has become the hit of the revue, came to Breen as a piglet.

“I just fell in love with her,” he said. “I don’t know how it fits into the Wild West, but when you see her with the cowboy hat, it makes sense to me.”

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Showman Tommy Breen invites fairgoers to Free Stage 8, where World of Wonders and the Wild West Revue take place daily.

Even if it is an off day for other performers, Rosie can save the show, Breen said. Rosie also can be a diva and decide not to perform to her potential, though, he said.

“She only does what she wants to do. I make a suggestion and give her a treat,” he said.

He

With COVID-19 cases soaring nationwide, school districts across the U.S. are yet again confronting the realities of a polarized country and the lingering pandemic as they navigate mask requirements, vaccine rules and social distancing requirements for the fast-approaching new school year.

Students in Wichita, Kansas, public schools can ditch the masks when classes begin. Detroit public schools will probably require them only for the unvaccinated. In Pittsburgh, masks will likely be required regardless of vaccination status. And in some states, schools cannot mandate face coverings under any circumstances.

The spread of the delta variant and the deep political divisions over the outbreak have complicated decisions in districts from coast to coast. In a handful of conservative states, lawmakers have banned districts from requiring masks despite outcry from medical professionals. Schools are weighing a variety of plans to manage junior high and middle school classrooms filled with both vaccinated and unvaccinated students.

School officials say decisions about whether to require masks have been complicated not only by community pressure and the delta variant but also conflicting advice from public health officials.

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BOSTON — Boston health officials are urging recent visitors to Provincetown to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 after a cluster of cases was linked to the popular Cape Cod tourist town.

The Boston Public Health Commission said Tuesday that at least 35 cases of COVID-19 in Boston have been traced to Provincetown, with the vast majority of cases involving people who were fully vaccinated.

Anyone who has traveled to Provincetown since July 1 is being asked to get tested at least five days after returning. The travel guidance also asks recent visitors to self-isolate and avoid gatherings for at least five days and until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.

Provincetown officials issued a new mask advisory on Monday after more than 100 people tested positive following the Fourth of July holiday.

The advisory encourages mask-wearing for all residents and visitors of the town, which is a popular LGBTQ+ summer destination.

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis area is facing a third wave of COVID-19 that could cause more deaths and serious cases if residents don’t get vaccinated and return to wearing masks in public, the head of the region’s pandemic task force said Tuesday.

Dr. Clay Dunagan, BJC HealthCare’s chief clinical officer, said seven COVID-19 patients have died in the St. Louis region and 91 were admitted to intensive care units during the 24 hours before he issued his plea Tuesday morning.

“The vaccine is available, but unfortunately the vaccination rate in our community has not been high enough to prevent spread of the delta variant,” Dunagan

Lithuania’s Golden Lion-winning performance at the 2019 Venice Biennale, which drew snaking lines around the pavilion, is going on a world tour.

Sun & Sea (Marina), a poignant live performance that sees opera singers and volunteers sing songs that address our delicate relationship to the planet, will travel to the U.S. after its showing in Berlin this weekend.

The performance will premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from September 15 to 26. (Tickets go on sale July 27.) After its New York run, the production will tour Arcadia Exhibitions in Philadelphia, the Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, ARTnews reported. (Dates beyond New York have yet to be confirmed.)

The collaboration between Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytėm, struck a chord with the public as they looked down from a balcony to watch performers stretch out on an artificially sandy beach, bake in fake lights, and sing harmonies about their mundane existences, which the pavilion’s curator Lucia Pietroiusti described as “songs of worry and of boredom, songs of almost nothing.”

Only slowly does the reality of climate change set in for the viewer, as a wealthy mother brags about seeing the “bleached, pallid whiteness” of the Great Barrier Reef and a young man complains that it did not snow on Christmas, and instead “felt like it could be Easter.”

Co-Artistic Directors, Helen Turner and Pablo Wendel with their dog Coal in the Bauhaus swimming hall, which will be the location of the <i>Sea & Sun</i> performances in Berlin this weekend. © Lukas Korschan for The FACE.

Co-Artistic Directors, Helen Turner and Pablo Wendel with their dog Coal in the Bauhaus swimming hall, which will be the location of the Sea & Sun performances in Berlin this weekend. © Lukas Korschan for The FACE.

The performance is likely to resonate even more after the pandemic, a time when our anxieties about natural calamities reached a fever pitch and immersive performances were impossible to stage.

The Berlin chapter, set to take place July 17 and July 18 at an abandoned Bauhaus swimming pool outside of Berlin, sold out in two days. (Walk-ins may be accommodated, organizers say, but there are no guarantees.)

“It’s been two years in the making, and after four postponements, it’s completely surreal that its finally happening,” said Helen Turner, the director of E-Werk Luckenwalde, which is organizing the event. “The piece is powerful, especially in the location we have, an abandoned swimming hall, which speaks to ecological catastrophe and increasing feelings of fragility and vulnerability.

While 5,000 people normally would have been able to attend, social-distancing restrictions will limit that number to 1,500. Masks must be worn on site.

The performance is well-suited to the E-Werk location—an arts center that doubles as an electrical power station, fueling both the surrounding area and its own art projects.

But even with clean energy, the production is… quite the production. For just two days, it cost €130,000 (around $153,500) to get off the ground, according to Turner, and involved 60 performers and cultural workers (not to mention tons of sand, which was carted in from nearby). Organizers in Venice estimated the original version cost $3 a minute