@tagline: From Staff and Wire Reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The damage is preventable if bird owners feed their winged pets properly, vets say. The CVMA recommends all bird owners consult their veterinarian about the best nutrition for their birds. Our feathered friends should see a veterinarian regularly, throughout their long lives. “Many times, I won’t see a parrot for a first check-up until it’s 20 years old, and that’s too late,’ says Dr. Alan Fudge, owner of Bird Doctor House Calls and president of the California Avian Laboratory. “By that time, a condition is chronic or life-threatening.’ Regular checkups with an avian specialist, who looks at behavioral and environmental issues as well as nutrition, are preventive medicine. Owners often are pleasantly surprised to see how a change in care routines eliminates a bird’s nervous habit or health problem. “Birds, by nature, are highly intelligent and social creatures and benefit from attention by their owners,’ says Fudge. The California Veterinary Medical Association on Tuesday reminded pet owners to remember birds when marking National Pet Wellness Month this month. The annual observation traditionally focuses on care for dogs and cats, but California veterinarians say this is an opportune time for bird owners to reassess their bird’s nutritional and behavioral needs. Healthy birds can be long-time companions if owners follow a few basic pet care steps: balanced diet, behavior management, and regular veterinary examinations. “The life expectancy of a bird can be 30 years or even much more,’ says CVMA president Eric Weigand, DVM. “But many birds die much earlier because of poor diets. Malnutrition can result in numerous disorders that damage the respiratory and digestive system as well as the skin, liver, bones, feathers and beak.’
The U-16 team of India are just a step away from creating history — qualifying for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup on merit. India hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup last year by virtue of which they played in the tournament. However, on Monday if India win in Malaysia, this will be the first time they will make it into a FIFA event purely on merit.Even as history beckons, India have a massive challenge ahead in the form of Korea Republic, perhaps the strongest team in the competition but the colts coached by Bibiano Fernandes would want to defy the odds.India take on Korea Republic at the Petaling Jaya Stadium on Monday and will look to polish their shooting boots and maintain their solid defence in order to have a chance against the Asian Games gold medallists.#AFCU16 quarter-finals fixtures. Who will proceed to the last 4? pic.twitter.com/qbgbZGfOEwAFC (@theafcdotcom) September 29, 2018At the Asian Games this year, Korea Republic beat Japan to win the gold medal under the leadership of their star player Son Heung Min, who was one of the three overage players in the team.The battle is all set to be interesting as Korea Republic have scored 12 goals from three group matches so far without conceding any while India have not conceded a single goal but have scored only one.In the group stage, India beat Vietnam 1-0 in their first match and then held Iran and home team Indonesia (in front of a vociferous crowd) to a 0-0 draw to make it to the quarter-finals.advertisementBack in 2002, 16 years ago, an Indian U-16 team had made it to the quarter-finals and even then they had come across Korea Republic, losing 1-3. Fernandes’s would want to re-write the history books this time around.”We know Korea Republic are the favourites and we are the underdogs,” head coach Bibiano Fernandes stated. “They are the overwhelming favourites.”Our goal is higher, reaching AFC U16 quarters is a part of journey, says Director @abhiy10.#AsianDream #BackTheBlue #WeAreIndia #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/M94bHFtVHdIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 30, 2018″But we have been the underdogs since the group stages and we are banking on the same against Korea Republic,” Fernandes further said.”We all know the gravity of the moment and what it will mean for Indian football. But at the same time, we will play without pressure and back ourselves up as underdogs. We will fight.”If Korea Republic underestimate us, we shall prove them otherwise and give them a run for their money.”India’s defence has been rock solid this tournament. They held Iran to a 0-0 draw and despite all the pressure from the crowd and Indonesia, they survived without conceding a goal and central defender Bikash Yumnam has been an integral part of the showing.However, with Yumnam receiving a double booking, he will be unavailable for the match against Korea Republic.”Bikash will not be able to play. There’s no point of sitting back and lamenting. We need to go ahead with what we have. There are other players in the squad, all capable enough,” Bibiano said.”We all know the quality that Korea Republic possesses and we all know the damage they can do if we get complacent at the back. Our defence has been our strength in this tournament and the players have worked really hard to defend as a single cohesive unit.”Building up to the clash, the Indian training sessions have been nothing short of gruelling with special emphasis being given to the finishing aspect.Boys sweat it out for tomorrow as they clash against South Korea in the Quarter Finals of AFC U-16 Championship.#StarsOfTomorrow #BackTheBlue #WeAreIndia #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/0JEOslIG25Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 30, 2018″We have been creating chances and need to convert them. We could have easily won against both Iran and Indonesia. If we get complacent in front of goal, it will end badly for us,” Bibiano pronounced.Even the players are raring to go and once again prove themselves. “We will give more than our cent percent in the quarters. These are the 90 minutes that we have worked hard and sacrificed a lot for,” captain Vikram Partap said.”Anything can happen in a football match and anything can happen in the elimination rounds. We cannot predict the future but will play our hearts out to make a dream come true.”Defender Gurkirat Singh added: “We are ready for them. We know the challenges we will face and the swiftness we will have to deal with. We need to stick to the instructions of the coach.”advertisementKOREA REPUBLIC COACH APPLAUDS INDIA FOR THREE CLEAN SHEETSKorea Republic Head coach Kim Jung Soo credited the Indian side for being the “deserving quarterfinalists” and applauded the team for their strong defence and keeping three clean sheets so far.”India deserve to be in the quarter-final stages and each team that has qualified for the quarter finals should be considered as favourites.”Each and every team has prepared under the same circumstances, but the Indian team has done well for themselves in the group stages.”The Indian defence line does its job well and I give them credit for keeping three clean sheets in the three matches of the group stages,” Kim Jung Soo said in the press conference.The Indian defence line, after holding out the likes of Iran and Indonesia, is looking to prove themselves once more against Korea Republic, who have scored 12 goals in the competition, including a 7-0 mauling of Afghanistan in the group stage.