Friday 29 May 2015

The Mahjong Community Says Goodbye To One Of It's Seminal Figures; The Father Of MCR Prof. Sheng Qi.

Prof Sheng Qi

TIANJIN, China 27 May 2015 - On this day, the entire mahjong community suffered the loss of one of it's beloved and cherished seminal figures when the Professor Sheng Qi passed away. He was a great scholar and writer who was instrumental in establishing the official rules for the Chinese Mahjong Competition Rules in 1998, and continued his contributions supervising the Pai Wan Sai competition every year since 2000. He was loved by many, and will be missed.

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Fire at Japanese mahjong parlor kills 4; possibly arson

Police initially discovered the bodies of three male customers at the site, and another man was later confirmed dead after being brought to a hospital.
Police are trying to identify the victims. The man who died after being hospitalized appeared to be in his sixties and apparently suffered a skull fracture after falling down while attempting to escape. All of the survivors are believed to be local residents.

A witness reported that the fire broke out after hearing a door close on the unmanned first floor, leading investigators to suspect that someone may have sneaked into the structure and set it alight.

"I heard a door close on the first floor. An employee went downstairs to see what happened, and screamed, 'Fire.' I tried to go down the stairs but couldn't because the stairway was filled with smoke," said a 49-year-old local resident who escaped unhurt.

The parlor was the target of another suspected arson last month, when some used tires left behind the building were set on fire on Oct. 14, investigators said. 
According to police, eight people (six customers and two employees) were playing mahjong on the second floor at the time of the fire. One of the employees who escaped the fire saw a curtain burning on the first floor where the fire is suspected to have originated.
   
© WikipediaThe owner of the parlor said he was already at home when the fire started and that there were no sprinklers or fire alarms installed in the parlor.
   
‘‘My predecessor died in October last year, and I took over the shop,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t recall anyone holding a grudge against me.’’

Hamamatsu (浜松市, Hamamatsu-shi) is the largest town in the prefecture of Shizuoka in Japan.

Read also: 44 die in Tokyo explosion 



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