Also, three famous races are held in Rabac in September: the Valamar Terra Magica mountain bike race, which attracted many mountain bikers from all over Europe on September 15, the Terra Albona race, which will bring together professional and recreational cyclists on September 22, and the Valamar Trail trail running race. on which the best trail runners from Croatia and the region arrive on September 28. Also, in October, Rabac again hosted the start of the fifth stage of the CRO Race cycling race. For the second year in a row, the Valamar Collection Girandella Resort has become the center of the Croatian and European cycling community for two weeks thanks to the largest cycling retailer event in Europe, which takes place in Rabac. As part of the event, a showroom was set up at the Sundance Beach Club, where, among other things, the launch of a new model of Specialized bicycle, which will arrive on the market in 2020, was announced. And the full potential and quality of bicycles and equipment will be able to test those gathered in the Bike Park Rabac and on guided tours on the newly renovated trails in the destination. In addition, photos of all new models of Specialized bicycles will be taken during the event, so photos of Labin and Rabac will once again travel the world. Thus, Valamar is responsible for many tourist facilities in destinations, from Rabac Open Air to investing in the destination’s infrastructure, which is just another positive example of what the arrival of Valamar meant and means for Rabac. Especially in the context of the development of cycling tourism, as one of the trump cards for extending the tourist season. Specialized bicycles, which have been produced since 1974, are among the best-selling in the world, and since 2012 have accounted for 25 percent of the total world bicycle market. BIKE CENTER RABAC OPENED A NEW SEASON IN RABAC Positive influence of Valamar in Rabac Photo: Valamar Valamar is aware that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but a destination, and if they want stability to grow, the destination must also grow. Also, in addition to the sun and the sea, quality growth requires quality content in the destination. BICYCLING AS THE FOCUS OF VALAMAR’S DESTINATION STRATEGY In addition to many sports and tourist facilities, Rabac got its own Bike Center, which is also the first of its kind in Croatia, and Bike Park with more than 20 kilometers of specialized trails. Namely, the Valamar Riviera portfolio includes seven specialized bike hotels, and cycling is the focus of Valamar’s destination strategy. Namely, the central and largest retailer event in Europe is being held in Rabac from 11 to 26 September, which this year brings together representatives of as many as 650 European companies. Owners of bicycle and bicycle equipment stores come to the presentation of new models of bicycles and equipment manufactured by Specialized with the aim of concluding a distribution agreement. RELATED NEWS: “At Valamar, sports tourism in our destinations is extremely important and we have been investing in it for many years. This certainly includes cycling tourism, for which Labin and Rabac have an exceptional potential and geographical advantage. We have a large number of groomed trails for all cycling enthusiasts, from beginners to excellent professionals, who come to us to prepare for big races. We are proud that they recognized our enthusiasm and effort from the company Specialized and brought representatives of companies specialized in cycling to Rabac again. This is an exceptional event for the promotion of the destination and an additional incentive for positioning Rabac as a quality cycling destination.” pointed out Sandi Sinožić, director of the Rabac destination in Valamar. RABAC OPEN AIR IS ANOTHER PROOF OF WHAT QUALITY CONTENT IS AN IMPERATIVE FOR DESTINATION DEVELOPMENT
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‘Big Brother’ “Due to stronger data protection laws in Europe, facial recognition has not yet been implemented on a large scale. Russian and Chinese companies have had less legal constraints to gather and use data than their European counterparts,” Weber told AFP.Before the coronavirus pandemic, critics warned of the potential for excessive state surveillance reminiscent of the all-seeing “Big Brother” in George Orwell’s novel “1984”.The fear was that rather than protecting the general public, the cameras would be used to monitor Kremlin opponents and undermine civil liberties. “The security argument is the one always used to justify loss of privacy and personal liberty. That’s where the greatest problem and the greatest danger lie,” said French cybersecurity researcher and renowned hacker Baptiste Robert.The technology’s creator Minin says that he has confidence in the Moscow authorities and insists that personal data like passport details and phone numbers is not stored on the same databases as camera images.He says the data sets can only be matched by law enforcement if deemed strictly necessary.But opponents see such technology as threatening, given the Soviet history of mass surveillance of those deemed by the KGB secret police to be state enemies.Vocal rights activist and lawyer Alyona Popova launched legal action against the use of facial recognition at an officially authorized opposition protest in September last year.She said cameras were attached to metal detectors that every participant had to pass through. “The massive use of facial recognition technology amounts to state surveillance of its citizens and the state will certainly use it against political opponents,” she told AFP.Her complaint was eventually thrown out, but an online petition she launched on Change.org against the technology’s use gained almost 75,000 signatures before the COVID-19 crisis. The mayor’s office denies the technology is used to monitor the opposition.Yet to highlight the issue, four activists in February protested outside the presidential administration offices, their faces brightly painted with geometrical shapes and lines said to confuse cameras.A similar protest took place in London.”There have already been cases of political activists who were detained in the metro after being identified with the help of cameras,” said one of the protesters, artist Katrin Nenasheva. Four of the activists were later fined 15,000 rubles ($185) after being charged with organizing an unsanctioned protest.NtechLab chief Minin warned that face painting or covering up ultimately won’t help those wanting to avoid being identified.”We can work even when up to 40 percent of the face is covered by a helmet or medical mask,” he said. A vast and contentious network of facial recognition cameras keeping watch over Moscow is now playing a key role in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus in Russia.The city rolled out the technology just before the epidemic reached Russia, ignoring protests and legal complaints over sophisticated state surveillance.Since last month, thousands of Muscovites have been confined to their homes for 14 days of compulsory quarantine after returning from virus-hit countries, being in contact with those infected or diagnosed with mild symptoms. Police have logged their details and warned them that sneaking out into the city of 16 million residents and daily visitors could lead to a five-year jail term or deportation for foreigners.”We are constantly checking that this regulation is being observed, including through the use of automated facial recognition systems,” Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote in his blog in February.The Russian capital already had a tight network of 170,000 security cameras, set up in streets and metro stations throughout the city over the past decade.Around 100,000 have now been linked to artificial intelligence systems that can identify people being filmed. The remaining cameras are due to be connected soon. 600 neighbors Moscow City Hall has boasted that the network of cameras is a particularly effective tool.Sobyanin has said that the authorities have contacts and work addresses for 95 percent of those quarantined after returning from high-risk countries.”We’ve identified where they are,” said the mayor, who heads a working group on combatting the virus set up by Putin.Last month on his blog he praised the efficiency of the facial recognition system with a story of a Chinese woman who tested positive soon after arrival and was hospitalized.Her flatmate was quarantined but security cameras filmed her walking outside and meeting a male friend.The mayor added that the authorities swiftly gathered contacts of more than 600 of the woman’s neighbors and even her taxi driver from the airport. Facial recognition technology was first tested during the 2018 World Cup in Russia before going fully online in January, just before the pandemic hit.”The probability of a mistake by our facial recognition algorithm is 1 in 15 million,” said Alexander Minin, CEO of NtechLab, the company that won the city’s tender to supply the technology.The firm’s devices, which have been exported to China and Latin America, can identify someone from their silhouette alone “80 percent of the time,” he told AFP at the start of the year.Russia alongside China lead the field globally with the most sophisticated technology, which they export to some 100 countries, Valentin Weber, a researcher in cybersecurity at the University of Oxford, wrote in a 2019 paper. Topics : Moscow police said last week that the cameras that are linked have allowed them to identify almost 200 people who broke quarantine rules. As well as the cameras, Russia has said it is drawing on an array of technology to fight the virus, including telemedicine consultations, the real-time monitoring of supermarket shelves and identifying and removing false news stories from social media.President Vladimir Putin last week toured a hi-tech center set up to monitor the virus situation and Russia’s response.The country, as of Monday, had reported 438 coronavirus infections, most of them in Moscow. One person who was infected has died but officials are not linking the death to the virus.