Friday 01 August 2014

A Bruising Battle

PUTEAUX, France, July 29th - A few hours ago, the Japanese Professional Mahjong League JPML posted a video of the final hanchan of the World Riichi Mahjong Championship. In this hanchan, which lasted for over two hours, a bruising battle took place between four Japanese: Hiroshi Yamai, Kazuhiko Nishijima, Jun Nishikawa and Noriyuki Kiriyama.


Welcome, Scott Miller!

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AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - For the first time in its history, Mahjong News welcomes a new editor. Scott Miller, author of the mahjong instruction book ‘Mahjong From A to Zhú’ (Psionic Press 2013) has joined the staff. This is especially good news for the large American ‘mah-jongg’ community of some 300,000 members: Scott is from Amarillo, Texas, and he will have a keen eye for the development of the game in his country.
Scott is not only writing about mahjong, he also is an instructor of the game at Amarillo College. He played in the European Riichi Mahjong Championship 2013 in Austria, and he will be present in Paris for the first World Riichi Mahjong Championship, coming July.
Besides that, he is the author of more than thirteen professional publications in various scientific text books and journals, to include the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Scott is a husband and father of four children, residing in Texas, USA.

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Editor Scott D. Miller

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AMARILLO, Texas - As from today, Scott D. Miller is the Editor-in-Chief of Mahjong News. He is the successor of  Martin Rep, the founder of the only and only Independent Internet Mahjong Newspaper. 

Mr. Scott D. Miller is the author of the mahjong instruction book ‘Mahjong From A to Zhú’ (Psionic Press 2013) and an instructor of the game at Amarillo College. He played in the European Riichi Mahjong Championship 2013 in Austria and was a referee in the World Riichi Mahjong Championship.

 

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Arson feared in fatal fire in ‘illegal gambling room’

shanghaifikSHANGHAI - Initial investigations of a fire that killed nine and injured two in East China's Zhejiang province on Monday have indicated arson, local police said on Tuesday. Police said they have detected traces of combustion promoters in the smoldering remains but did not elaborate.


The fire started at 8:15 pm on Monday in an eight-story residential tower in downtown Quzhou, 230 km southwest of the provincial capital of Hangzhou. Local media reported the fire was extinguished in half an hour by more than 50 firefighters in five fire engines.
The nine casualties comprise eight men and one woman. Seven are locals, while the others are from Fujian province, local police said. The injured are in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

 

Mahjong tables

Quzhou's publicity office head Xu Yongchang said the fire broke out in a third-floor apartment where several burnt mahjong tables were later found. But it is still too early to say people were gambling in the room, he added.
A resident surnamed Zhang rented the apartment, police said. It is not clear if Zhang was among the dead. "It's impossible for a chess-and-card room located in an apartment building to get a business license," Shanghai Delson Law Firm property lawyer Chang Jinquan pointed out.
"An apartment with more than one mahjong table is very likely an illegal gambling room, as a family typically doesn't need that many."
Underground gambling is constantly found in the country's apartment buildings. These rooms pose high fire risks. They are often filled with smoking gamers, and have poor ventilation and inadequate firefighting equipment.

Inferno

The latest fire accident comes a month after a blaze in a 28-story residential building in downtown Shanghai killed 58 and wounded 71, shocking the nation.
Following the Shanghai inferno, which started when unlicensed workers' welding sparks ignited nylon construction netting and bamboo scaffolding, the State Council issued a circular urging the "resolute prevention and curbing of major fire accidents".
The document's measures included tighter inspections and widespread public education. The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development had also ordered "thorough inspections" of fire hazards in high-rises that are under construction or renovation.

(China Daily)



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