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Before he went on a hiatus from the road, the multi-talented Jack White performed a series of acoustic concerts in states that he had never before visited. It seems that White has an affinity for acoustic music, as his newest announcement will show off all of White’s acoustic efforts throughout his career.Titled Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016, the 26-track album is due out September 9th and will span White’s career and feature “alternate versions, mixes, and previously unreleased songs, including The White Stripes’ never-before-heard “City Lights,” originally from the Get Behind Me Satan sessions!” You can check out “City Lights,” streaming below.With cuts from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and his solo career, this new definitive collection is sure to be a great listen! Check out the artwork and full tracklisting, posted below.Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 TracklistingDisc: 1 1. Sugar Never Tasted So Good The White Stripes 2. Apple Blossom The White Stripes *remixed 3. I’m Bound to Pack It Up The White Stripes *remixed 4. Hotel Yorba The White Stripes 5. We’re Going to Be Friends The White Stripes 6. You’ve Got Her in Your Pocket The White Stripes 7. Well It’s True That We Love One Another The White Stripes 8. Never Far Away Jack White (Cold Mountain Soundtrack) 9. Forever For Her (Is Over For Me) The White Stripes 10. White Moon The White Stripes 11. As Ugly As I Seem The White Stripes 12. City Lights The White Stripes *unreleased 13. Honey, We Can’t Afford to Look This Cheap The White Stripes 14. Effect & Cause The White StripesDisc: 2 1. Love Is The Truth The White Stripes *acoustic mix 2. Top Yourself The Raconteurs *bluegrass version 3. Carolina Drama The Raconteurs *acoustic mix 4. Love Interruption Jack White 5. On and On and On and On Jack White 6. Machine Gun Silhouette Jack White *acoustic mix 7. Blunderbuss Jack White 8. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy Jack white *alternate mix 9. I Guess I Should Go To Sleep Jack White *alternate mix 10. Just One Drink Jack White *acoustic mix 11. Entitlement Jack White 12. Want and Able Jack White
The single best reason to learn to telemark?“It makes a small mountain a lot bigger,” says Brian McCormick, a ski patroller at Wisp Resort in Maryland. “Wisp has 600 vertical feet, and I ski there two dozen days a year. I needed something to make it more interesting, so I started to telemark.”Tapping into the telemark turn can transform our tame Appalachian mountains into behemoth peaks waiting to be conquered. Once you learn to telemark, you can do it anywhere given enough snow. Here are three prime telemark locations:GARRETT COUNTY, MDLocated in the far western corner of Maryland, the mountainous Garrett County takes advantage of the Great Lakes’ Snow Effect, pulling in an average 100 inches of fluffy a year. The county is Maryland’s telemark hub, with acres of backcountry skiing at Savage River State Forest, on-piste action at Wisp Resort, and groomed cross-country and telemark trails at Backbone Ski Farm. Wisp offers private telemark lessons, and Backbone Farm has introductory telemark classes as well as backcountry telemark tours with descents boasting 1,000 vertical feet. backbonefarm.com.For more information about Wisp Resort, check out http://basecamp.blueridgeoutdoors.com/?p=2562ELK MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT, PENN.The telemark scene at Elk Mountain is vibrant and growing, with a regular crew of freeheelers shredding Elk’s 1,000 feet of vertical. Once a year, telemark skiers take over the mountain during Elk’s Telemark Fest (Feb. 28), where you can check out the latest telemark gear, join a clinic, or compete in races. Elkskier.com.CANAAN VALLEY, W.VA.The undisputed king of telemark in the Mid-Atlantic, there are more backcountry powder stashes in this corner of West Virginia than anywhere else in the region, and the telemark vibe is strong. Check out Timberline Resort for private on-piste telemark lessons (timberlineresort.com) and a host of group telemark workshops. Their annual Telemark Fest (March 1) features a backcountry race and Nordic hash. For backcountry tours, telemark lessons, and more freeheeling fun than you can handle, head to Whitegrass. Twice a year, Dickie Hall chooses Whitegrass for NATO workshops and adventure tours (Telemark Workshop Jan. 24-25; Telemark Adventure Tour: Feb. 7-8; telemarknato.com).TelepaloozaYou want to throw yourself into the freeheel culture head first? Hit Telepalooza, an annual telemark festival at Seven Springs Resort organized by the Appalachian Telemark Association. Beyond the standard clinics, demos, and revelry, Telepalooza features the biggest uphill/downhill race in the Mid-Atlantic. Ski up the mountain, ski down the mountain. First one to finish is king of the freeheelers. 7springs.com.
“There is considerable scope to reform and expand supplementary private pensions,” said the organisation, noting that insights from behavioural economics and evidence from other countries suggest automatic enrolment improves pensions coverage.“Such automatic enrolment could be complemented with the introduction of a fall-back pension fund, which offers a low-cost investment instrument to those firms and individuals that do not wish to make their own arrangements to save for complementary private pensions,” said the organisation.It flagged the government’s plans to promote occupational pensions through collective agreements among social partners but said automatic enrolment was a broader approach and one the German government should consider.“Automatic enrolment would boost occupational pensions, especially among workers in small firms,” said the OECD.“The small firms could co-ordinate and provide occupational pension schemes collectively – for instance, at sector level, as is done in Switzerland and in some sectors of the German economy.”The OECD’s recommendation for auto-enrolment has some parallels with a reform proposal by three ministers in the state of Hesse, for a “Deutschland-Rente”, although the OECD does not refer to this proposal.The OECD also called for supervision of book reserve schemes (Direktzusage) “to better understand the macroeconomic and microeconomic risks they entail”, saying the systemic risk from direct commitments could be reduced by requiring companies to invest part of employees’ pension contributions externally.It suggested making contributions to what it referred to as “the mutualisation scheme” risk-sensitive.The “mutualisation scheme” refers to Pensions-Sicherungs-Verein, an association that insures corporate pensions against insolvency.A company’s equity could determine the level of risk, the OECD said.It recommended cutting the operating costs of the Riester-Rente, by improving comparability among providers.Another suggestion was to amend the pension system for civil servants to extend rules limiting losses in pension claims civil servants incur if they move to a private sector job.An old-age payment (Altersgeld) designed to do this is only available to federal civil servants – the OECD has recommended this also apply to civil servants in the Länder, the federal states.“In the long run,” it added, “barriers to the portability of civil servant pensions could be eliminated by merging or harmonising the pension scheme for civil servants and the general public pension system, as most OECD countries have done.” Germany should introduce auto-enrolment in occupational pension funds and make voluntary private pension plans more attractive to improve pension coverage in the country, the OECD has said.Other recommendations, made in a Germany economic survey report, include indexing the statutory retirement age to life expectancy, removing barriers to the portability of civil servant pensions and strengthening the supervision of employers’ direct pension commitments.Occupational pension plans already exist in Germany as a means to supplement public pensions, but employees have to choose to participate rather than being enrolled by default, as is the case in Italy and now also the UK, for example.The OECD said “substantial” coverage gaps remained despite the German government’s having introduced the Riester-Rente, state-subsidised voluntary individual private pension plans, and encouraged the expansion of occupational pensions.