Monday 28 July 2014


Martin Rep resigns

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PUTEAUX, July 16th - Martin Rep, founder of Mahjong News, resigns as the editor of the one and only Independent Internet Mahjong Newspaper. He made his decision public in a speech which he delivered during the opening ceremony of the World Riichi Championship in Puteaux. He will be succeeded by Scott D. Miller, who has been an associate editor for some months.

Mr. Rep (1946) is a professional journalist. He was involved in organizing the first Open European Mahjong Championship (Nijmegen, 2005) and the first European Riichi Mahjong Championship (Hanover, 2008). The World Riichi Championship 2014 was initialized by him.

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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Officials removed for taking kickbacks through mahjong

MEIZHOU - The former director of a county finance bureau was removed from his post for gambling with mahjong to take kickbacks. Zhu Hanjun, former director of the finance bureau of Wuhua county, Meizhou city, Guangdong province, and seven other officials, including his wife, were caught gambling on June 16 by police, who found 81,500 yuan on site, New News Express reported on Monday.

The eight were fined 500 yuan ($79, €63) ) each and were removed from their posts on June 22. Zhu, who had been at his post for eight years, played mahjong as a way of taking kick-backs for allocating funds to lower-level departments, reported Guangzhou-based New News Express, citing unidentified sources.

In one case, up to 4 million yuan ($628,300; €503,261) was involved in such a mahjong game.The eight officials are under investigation and their posts will be filled through open competition and selection, according to the Meizhou Party committee.

(China Daily)



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