Saturday 02 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. 

Dr. 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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Mahjong partner killed after thefts

HONG KONG - A divorcee pleaded guilty at the High Court to the manslaughter of her mahjong partner, an 88-year- old woman. Luo Fudi, 48, a two-way permit holder from the mainland, stole from and then killed Lee Wai-lan at her Kwai Chung home in October 2010.

High Court judge Clare-Marie Beeson was told the killing took place when Luo went to the flat on Tai Wo Hau Estate to play mahjong. Luo, who has two children in the mainland, chatted with Lee after arriving early. Lee then fell asleep as she waited for two more friends to arrive and play. Luo took her chance to steal seven rings, three necklaces and HK$2,000 (260 USD, €195) in cash from the sleeping senior citizen.

Diamond rings

When Lee woke up she discovered that Luo had stolen some of her diamond rings. Lee started to scream and Luo covered her face with her hands until the old woman stopped breathing. Luo then quickly fled the scene of the crime. Lee was subsequently found unconscious on the floor when her flatmate returned.
Paramedics certified her dead by suffocation. A medical examiner told the court that a post-mortem examination showed the victim had bruises to her nose, mouth and chin. 
Appealing for leniency, a defense lawyer said Luo did not expect her stealing from Lee to have fatal consequences.
Luo had no intention of killing Lee before going to the flat to play mahjong. She would not have known that her actions would result in the death of her friend. He argued Luo had stolen the jewelry and cash to pay for the medical fees of her daughter, who was receiving treatment in the mainland.
Justice Beeson adjourned the hearing.
Sentencing will take place on Wednesday and Luo was remanded in custody.

(The Standard)



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