Dune

Storyboards for doomed 'Dune' film up for auction

It has entered film folklore as one of the great missed opportunities: the doomed 1970s adaptation of "Dune" that was supposed to bring together Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger and Pink Floyd.

The project famously collapsed after four years of work by cult Franco-Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, but now his storyboards are going up for auction in Paris on Nov. 22.

Turkish police detain gang selling Patara beach sand

Turkish security forces detained 20 people that have illegally been selling the sand of the world-famous Patara Beach in the Mediterranean province of Antalya on Feb. 27.

The police said the "gang" had smuggled around 3,000 and 5,000 truckloads of beach sand since July last year, selling them to local construction firms.

Academics spending more than 30 years in ancient excavation area

When the first excavations in the ancient city of Patara began in 1988, archaeologists and academics were using wheelbarrows to carry their digging items and their findings. Now that they found a trove of ancient relics, they say it's time for conservation.

The excavations have so far trained three professors, two associate professors and three doctors in the Harbor Bath excavations.

About 3,500 Decares of Sand Dunes Along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast are Privately Owned

Of the 4,700 decares of sand dunes along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, nearly 3,500 decares are privately owned, Ombudsman Maya Manolova said after a meeting with citizens who contacted her over suspected construction works in protected areas in the town of Sozopol, a Focus News Agency correspondent reported.

Bulgarian Parliament Adopted Changes to the Black Sea Coast Planning Act

Bulgaria's Parliament approved amendments to the Black Sea Coast Planning Act, which finally banned the deployment of tents, umbrellas, loungers and other beach accessories on the sand dunes, reports BNT. 

The new texts also ban the passage, parking and stay of vehicles on dunes, except in the case of permitted construction.

Three Detained over the Destroyed Dune near Camping "Smokinya" on the South Bulgarian Coast

Three people have been detained for the destroyed dune near camping "Smokinya". This was announced to NOVA by Rumiana Arnaudova, spokesman for the Prosecutor General.

"It's definitely a case about destroyed dunes. This is protected territory for us, and its destruction constitutes a crime of a general nature. Criminal proceedings have been launched ", explained Arnaudova.

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